[On the web] NASA Mission Launched; Will Revolutionize Our Understanding of Space Weather

 Credits: Arianespace

Credits: Arianespace

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 Limb and Disk, or GOLD, is also NASA’s first mission to fly as a hosted payload aboard a commercial satellite, and will reach its designated geostationary orbit, 22,000 miles above the Western Hemisphere, in fall 2018.

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