The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts presents National Geographic Live Series: Exploring Mars
NASA engineer Kobie Boykins will present a look at what Curiosity and other Mars rovers have discovered on the red planet. Few events in the last decade of space exploration have captured the world’s imagination like NASA’s ongoing Mars Exploration Program. In 2004, the successful deployment of the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity launched a new era of scientific investigation of our nearest planetary neighbor.
For Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rovers’ success was also a personal triumph: he helped design and build the solar arrays that enabled to rovers to keep going long after their planned 90-day life (indeed, Opportunity is still roaming Mars today and sending back images, more than nine years later). Boykins is also intimately involved with the latest venture to Mars, as supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing mast teams for the Mars Science Laboratory, better known as Curiosity.
This event will be an engaging evening exploring the Red Planet with an update on the very latest chapter in the ongoing story of Mars exploration.