When it comes to shows in space, 2019 will be an extraordinary year.
That doesn't mean 2018 will be an easy action to follow. After all, SpaceX debuted the most powerful operational launch system in the world (called Falcon Heavy), sent cars outside Mars, and helped lift more orbital rockets than in any year since 1990.
With a few exceptions, NASA also has an important 12 months: the US space agency announces its first crew of commercial astronauts, starts a new hunt for Earth-like planets, sends a probe to "touch" the sun, and lands its InSight. robot on Mars.
China, meanwhile, crashed the old space station into the ocean and launched a small moon satellite fleet.
But 2019 will be a doozy – the sentiment highlighted by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine after the recent NASA landing on Mars.
"Now at NASA, there is more happening than in I don't know how many years ago," Bridenstine said during a live broadcast. "It's a drought, and then suddenly there are all these activities."
Here are some of the biggest events you can expect from space companies, government space agencies and the night sky next year.