NASA Media Call Previews Upcoming Mission To Explore Atmospheric Border

The lowest reaches of space glow with bright bands of color called airglow in this image captured from the International Space Station. NASA’s new GOLD mission observes airglow to research this dynamic region of space and how it interacts with the upper atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA

January 23, 2018 – NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. MST Wednesday, January 24, to discuss the upcoming launch of the agency’s mission to study where Earth’s atmosphere meets space.

The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is NASA’s first science mission to fly as a hosted instrument aboard a commercial communications satellite launching from French Guiana. The launch window opens at approximately 3:20 p.m. MST Thursday, January 25.

Teleconference participants are:

  • Elsayed Talaat, heliophysics chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington

  • Richard Eastes, principal investigator at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder

  • Susan Batiste, systems engineer at LASP/CU

  • Katelynn Greer, GOLD research scientist at LASP/CU

  • For information to participate in the call, media should email their name and affiliation to Karen Fox, by 10:45 a.m. January 24.

    The teleconference will stream live at:

    For visuals to support the briefing, mission video and other media resources, visit:

    Live launch coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 3 p.m. January 25. Coverage will include live-streaming from the Guiana Space Centre launch site and briefings from LASP and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

    GOLD will seek to understand what drives change in this region of the upper atmosphere where terrestrial weather in the lower atmosphere interacts with the tumult of solar activity from above, as well as Earth’s magnetic field. Resulting data will improve forecasting models of space weather events that can impact radio communications and GPS signals, as well as satellites and astronauts in space.

    The instrument will fly on SES-14, built by Airbus for SES S.A., a Luxembourg-based satellite operator. LASP built the instrument, and the mission is led by the University of Central Florida in Orlando.