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Latest satellite images of Mississippi floods from NASA [PHOTOS].

The NASA captured Recent Landsat satellite data on May 10, showing the major flooding of the Mississippi River around Memphis, Tenn. and along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas as seen from 438 miles above the Earth.

"Landsat imagery is crucial in helping to monitor the flood rate and effects of the flooding in the region, and to aid in the decision making process regarding flood control. Decisions such as closing portions of the Mississippi River to shipping and opening flood gates outside of low-lying New Orleans in preparation for the flood wave as it makes its way slowly down the river to the Gulf of Mexico," said Mark Anderson, Acting Director of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center.

The scenes captured by Landsat 5 show the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area, and along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas. The May 2006 images show the river before it began to flood. In the May images, the dark blue tones are water, the light green is cleared fields, and the light tones are clouds.

The Mississippi flood crest of 47.87 feet on May 10, is the second highest rise in recent history, since the highest being 48.7 feet in 1937.

Five counties surrounding Memphis have been declared disaster areas, and the costs of the flooding are expected to approach $1 billion.

The Mississippi River crest continues to move south and is expected to occur in the Greenville, Miss. area around May 16 and to finally crest in New Orleans around May 23.

Following are the Latest&nbsp; satellite images of Mississippi floods from NASA (<a href="http://hken.ibtimes.com/articles_slideshows/147109/20110518/latest-satellite-images-of-mississippi-floods-from-nasa-photos.htm" target="_blank">Click slideshow to View all images</a>):

<div class="imageBox" style="width: 630px;"><img id="99390" class="imgPhoto magnify" title="Latest satellite images of Mississippi floods from NASA [PHOTOS]" src="http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/images/full/2011/05/17/99390.jpg" alt="(Left) Landsat 5 shows the Mississippi River along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas on May 12, 2006. (Right) Landsat 5 image shows the Mississippi River along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas on May 10, 2011. Credit: USGS/NASA " width="630" /> <div class="caption">(Left) Landsat 5 shows the Mississippi River along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas on May 12, 2006. (Right) Landsat 5 image shows the Mississippi River along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas on May 10, 2011. Credit: USGS/NASA</div> </div> <div class="imageBox" style="width: 630px;"><img id="99392" class="imgPhoto magnify" title="Latest satellite images of Mississippi floods from NASA [PHOTOS]" src="http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/images/full/2011/05/17/99392.jpg" alt="(Up) Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area on May 12, 2006. (bottom) Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area on May 10, 2011. Credit: USGS/NASA" width="630" /> <div class="caption">(Up) Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area on May 12, 2006. (bottom) Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area on May 10, 2011. Credit: USGS/NASA</div> </div> <div class="imageBox" style="width: 628px;"><img class="imgPhoto" title="Latest satellite images of Mississippi floods from NASA [PHOTOS]" src="http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/images/full/2011/05/17/99357.jpg" alt="(UP) Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area on May 12, 2006. (bottom) Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area on May 10, 2011. Credit: USGS/NASA" width="628" /> <div class="caption">(UP) Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area on May 12, 2006. (bottom) Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area on May 10, 2011. Credit: USGS/NASA</div> </div> <div class="imageBox" style="width: 628px;"><img class="imgPhoto" title="Latest satellite images of Mississippi floods from NASA [PHOTOS]" src="http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/images/full/2011/05/17/99369.jpg" alt="(Up) Landsat 5 shows the Mississippi River along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas on May 12, 2006. (bottom) Landsat 5 image shows the Mississippi River along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas on May 10, 2011. Credit: USGS/NASA //Remotely sensed data are not the only science endeavors occurring due to floods. The USGS collects river data through its network of about 7,700 stream gauges around the Nation. You can receive instant, customized updates about water conditions, including flooding, by subscribing to USGS WaterAlert. The scenes captured by Landsat 5 show the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area, and along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas. The May 2006 images show the river before it began to flood. In the May images, the dark blue tones are water, the light green is cleared fields, and the light tones are clouds." width="628" /> <div class="caption">(Up) Landsat 5 shows the Mississippi River along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas on May 12, 2006. (bottom) Landsat 5 image shows the Mississippi River along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas on May 10, 2011. Credit: USGS/NASA //Remotely sensed data are not the only science endeavors occurring due to floods. The USGS collects river data through its network of about 7,700 stream gauges around the Nation. You can receive instant, customized updates about water conditions, including flooding, by subscribing to USGS WaterAlert. The scenes captured by Landsat 5 show the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn. area, and along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas. The May 2006 images show the river before it began to flood. In the May images, the darkblue tones are water, the light green is cleared fields, and the light tones are clouds.</div> </div>
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