This high-resolution satellite image shows the rescue efforts underway to salvage a
floundering Brazilian oil platform located 50 miles (80 kms) off the coast
of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The image was taken on Oct. 15, 2002, at
approximately 11 a.m. local time by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite.
According to reports, salvage ships worked to repair the listing offshore oil
rig. The $200 million offshore rig, known as P-34, heeled over after an electrical failure caused the oil stored aboard to flow to one
side. The rig began to right itself Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, after workers
pumped sea water into empty tanks to restore its balance.
The 1600-pound IKONOS satellite travels 423 miles above the Earths surface
at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour. Its the worlds first commercial
high-resolution remote sensing satellite and can see objects on the ground
as small as one-meter square. IKONOS has collected more than 900,000 images
of the Earths surface representing imagery over every continent.
Baku is Azerbaijans major city, and the oil capital of the Caspian region. This detailed view taken by the Expedition 2 crew on the International Space Station shows details of the city, including the extensive port facilities, and part of the large web of offshore oil platforms in the Caspian Sea.