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