NASA Social Participants To Learn About GOLD Mission At CU Boulder

The GOLD instrument (the gray and white object located on the front right corner of the top deck) is shown here on the SES-14 spacecraft in preparation for a scheduled January 2018 launch date. Image Credit: Airbus

December 15, 2017 – NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to attend a tour and activities at the University of Colorado Boulder. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

GOLD is a NASA Mission of Opportunity that will fly an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph on the SES-14 geostationary commercial communications satellite, built by Airbus for SES. The two-channel imaging spectrograph—designed and built at LASP—will explore Earth’s upper atmosphere, the edge of space, where terrestrial weather from below and space weather from above meet, influencing satellites and the communications signals coursing through this region.

GOLD, a hosted payload on the SES-14 commercial communications satellite, is scheduled to launch on an Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket from French Guiana on January 25.

If your passion is to communicate and engage the world via social media, then this is the event for you! Seize the opportunity to be on the front line to blog, tweet or Instagram everything about NASA’s upcoming mission to study our interface to space.

A maximum of 40 active social media users will be selected to attend the one-day event on Jan. 24, 2018. Attendees will participate in behind-the-scenes tours of the facility with additional speakers.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) facilities at CU-Boulder

  • Hear from scientists working on the GOLD mission

  • Speak with representatives from NASA

  • Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media

  • Meet members of NASA’s social media team

  • NASA Social registration for the NASA GOLD tour opens December 15, and the deadline to apply is December 20 at 9:59 p.m. MDT (11:59 p.m. EDT.) Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Learn more and apply at: https://www.nasa.gov/social/gold-social2017