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TESS: The Next Exoplanet Mission
Thousands of planets have been discovered outside our solar system. The Kepler mission was able to find many in a small area of the sky. Kepler will be coming to the end of its mission soon. To continue and expand Kepler's search NASA has scheduled the launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) in April of 2018. This satellite will search a larger area of the sky, and will have they capability to not only find planets, but enable scientists to describe the atmosphere and chemistry of these bodies. Dr. Willie Yee is a Solar System Ambassador, and past president of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association. He will review the history of exoplanet exploration and present details of the TESS mission. The Solar System Ambassadors Program of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers information and excitement about real missions that explore our solar system. Volunteer ambassadors in communities throughout the country are selected by JPL based on their backgrounds and on their plans for public outreach activities. JPL provides ambassadors with educational materials and training. However, the opinions of Ambassadors are not necessarily those of NASA or JPL. Further information about the Solar System Ambassadors Program is available at JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. Dr. Yee is a retired psychiatrist, formerly employed at Ulster County Mental Health Center. He is also active as a volunteer with the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. His other interests include jazz, bicycling, and magic. There will be a short business meeting at 7:30, followed by the presentation at 8:00. Those who are interested may join the speaker afterward at a local diner for ongoing conversation.

Coykendall Science Bldg, SUNY New Paltz

1 Hawk Dr. · New Paltz, NY

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The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association is a gathering point for people interested in Astronomy and Science in the Mid-Hudson Valley. We organize a monthly lecture series, as well as monthly observing sessions at dark sky sites in the Hudson Valley, and public and educational events. To become a supporting member of the MHAA, go to . Dues are $25 per year. Our members are available to make presentations or arrange for public observations of the night sky or the sun and to help beginners learn how to get started in astronomy.

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