Costa Concordia

Satellite Spots Costa Concordia Shipwreck

An Earth-watching satellite has snapped a stark view of the Costa Concordia shipwreck from space, showing the huge ocean liner on its side just days after it tragically ran aground off Italy’s Tuscany coast. The new satellite photo was taken on January 17 by an Earth-observation satellite  operated by DigitalGlobe,  a Colorado-based company that  uses a constellation of spacecraft to take high- resolution images of Earth.  In the satellite view of  the Costa Concordia shipwreck,  the luxury cruise ship is visible through a scattered cloud layer,  as it lies half-submerged off the coast of Giglio, Italy. The ocean liner hit a reef on January 13 and tipped over. The Costa Concordia was carrying about 3,200 passengers and a crew of 1,000 when it ran aground.
As reported ABC News the accident killed 11 people, with more than two dozen others still missing. DigitalGlobe operates a constellation of three satellites, the Quickbird, Worldview-1 and Worldview-2 spacecraft, each equipped with cameras to provide high-resolution imagery of Earth for commercial uses. The company also uses aircraft to collect Earth images from lower altitudes.