Pollution at Sea

Massive Oil Slicks

Massive oil slicks, Bahrain

Flight 51F; 26.7N, 50.6E, 08:57:09 GMT, 6 Aug 1985

Ten months after Flight 41G, the commander of the Challenger had an excellent view of the waters lying between Bahrain and the industrial complex of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The causeway between the two countries stood out clearly. More than two years had passed since the observations from STS-6, but the oil slicks on the waters of the Persian Gulf were even more widespread than had been observed in 1983. The extent of the oil and the iridescence in the sun's glitter were "awesome," reported the Challenger's commander.

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