This amazing satellite photograph shows the magnitude of the disaster that struck the cruise ship Costa Concordia after it ran aground on Jan. 13 of this year. Fifteen people are known to have died in the accident as of the time of this publishing but 17 people are still missing. This disaster will forever be remembered by the cowardly actions taken by its captain, Francesco Schettino, who fled the ship well ahead of most of the crew and passengers and who later claimed to have tripped and fallen into a lifeboat, unable to get back onto the ship.


The Costa Concordia is 952 feet long, or a little less than three football fields laid out end on end. It's pretty crazy how large our largest structures are.


Via Boing Boing


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Satellite photo shows stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia lying off Italian coast
Cruise ships are BIG.