Monthly Archives: January 2018

GOLD Powers on for the First Time

[caption id="attachment_2289" align="alignright" width="300"] Members of the GOLD science team gather with the instrument in a LASP clean room on December 1, 2016, just after the instrument went through its pre-ship review ahead of shipment to Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France. (Courtesy LASP)[/caption]The GOLD team powered...
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Contact Successfully Established With SES-14 Satellite Hosting GOLD

[caption id="attachment_2570" align="alignright" width="300"] Liftoff of the Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana at 5:20 p.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. GOLD is a hosted payload on the SES-14 commercial communication satellite, one of two satellites launched atop the Ariane 5...
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GOLD Mission to Image Earth’s Interface to Space

On Jan. 25, 2018, NASA launches Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, a hosted payload aboard SES-14, a commercial communications satellite. GOLD will investigate the dynamic intermingling of space and Earth’s uppermost atmosphere — and is the first NASA science mission to fly an instrument as a commercially hosted payload. Space is not...
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ICON & GOLD Teaming Up To Explore Earth’s Interface to Space

[caption id="attachment_2549" align="alignright" width="300"] Bright swaths of red and green, known as airglow, are visible in this visualization of Earth's limb with the SES-14 satellite and GOLD rising above it. Airglow occurs when gases in the upper atmosphere become charged by the Sun's radiation, emitting light. By...
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