Pollution at Sea

Oil dumps, slicks
Persian Gulf

Oil dumps, slicks, Persian Gulf

Flight 41G; 25.5N, 54.5E, 10:35:19 GMT, 6 Oct 1984

Eighteen months after the observations during Flight STS-6, large patches of oil were widespread throughout the Persian Gulf, their iridescent colors glowing as the crew of the Challenger looked down from the flight deck. As the spacecraft crossed the coasts of Iran during a descending orbit, the extent of the pollution was evident near the island of Sir Abu Nu'ayr. Ships crossing the scene contributed to the pollution, but to a degree far less than the drifting oil masses from Kharg Island.

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