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 http://join.midhudsonastro.org . 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.
NASA will be making major strides to putting American astronauts into space. Seeking an alternative to using the Russian Soyuz craft, NASA’s partners are working on two different vehicles and launch systems. Launches and test flights scheduled for 2019 will be reviewed. Both SpaceX and Boeing plan several tests, including crewed missions later this year. The status of missions launched in 2018 including the Mars Insight Lander, the Parker Solar Probe, and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will be also be reviewed.
A bit about Dr. Willie Yee
Dr. Yee is an amateur astronomer, past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association. He presently is a Solar System Ambassador, a program supported by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Find out more about the program at: https://solarsystem1.jpl.nasa.gov/ssa/home.cfm