GOLD Stories


GOLD’s Bird’s-Eye Reveals Dynamics in Earth’s Interface to Space

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New research using data from NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, mission, has revealed unexpected behavior in the swaths of charged particles that band Earth’s equator – made possible by GOLD’s long-term global view, the first of…


Postcards from the Edge of Space: Scientists Present New Ionosphere Images and Science

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Download related briefing material from Dec. 10’s press conference at the 2019 American Geophysical Union meeting. In a Dec. 10 press event at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, three scientists presented new images of…


Earth’s Shining Upper Atmosphere — From the Apollo Era to the Present

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In 1972, Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke stood on the Moon and looked back at Earth. From the lunar surface, they took a picture of Earth like none before: the first view of our planet in far…


Why NASA Watches Airglow, the Colors of the (Upper Atmospheric) Wind

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What does our planet look like from space? Most are familiar with beloved images of the blue marble or pale blue dot — Earth from 18,000 and 3.7 billion miles away, respectively. But closer to home, at the boundary between…


Three NASA Missions Return 1st-Light Data

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NASA’s continued quest to explore our solar system and beyond received a boost of new information this week with three key missions proving not only that they are up and running, but that their science potential is exceptional. On Sept.…


NASA Mission Launched; Will Revolutionize Our Understanding of Space Weather

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NASA’s first mission to provide unprecedented measurements of, and changes in, the temperature and composition of Earth’s upper atmosphere launched at 5:20 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 25, from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Global-scale Observations of the…


NASA’s GOLD Powers on for the First Time

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NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, mission powered on the GOLD instrument for the first time after launch on Jan. 28, 7:23 p.m. EST.  The systems engineers successfully established communication with the GOLD instrument and its…


Two Heads Are Better than One: ICON & GOLD Teaming Up To Explore Earth’s Interface to Space

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Like Earth, space has weather. Except instead of swirling winds and downpours of precipitation, space weather is defined by shifting electric and magnetic fields and rains of charged particles. At the very beginning of space, starting just 60 miles above…