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GOLD Captures Its First Image of the Earth

[caption id="attachment_2780" align="alignright" width="239"] Shown here is the “first light” image of ultraviolet atomic oxygen emission (135.6 nm wavelength) from the Earth’s upper atmosphere captured by NASA’s GOLD instrument. It was taken at approximately 6 a.m. local time, near sunrise in eastern South America. The colors correspond...
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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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GOLD installed on commercial communications satellite

[caption id="attachment_2456" align="alignright" width="228"] The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument is hoisted up and installed onto the SES-14 commercial communications satellite, which is being assembled at Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France. The GOLD instrument is now slated to proceed through a...
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