Kobie Boykins - Exploring Mars
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Student Matinee | Exploring Mars

  • Kobie Boykins, NASA Engineer

NASA mechanical engineer Kobie Boykins is intimately involved with the planet Mars. As supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing teams for the rover Curiosity, Boykins has monitored headline-making studies, including proof of the former presence of water on Mars indicating that the red planet could have supported life. Join Boykins, winner of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, as he shares his boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space and recounts the latest exciting chapter of Mars exploration.

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About the speaker
Kobie Boykins, NASA Engineer

Serving as chief engineer on the latest Mars rover, Opportunity, Boykins designed the actuators that control all of its moving parts and leading a team of engineers and dreamers at NASA's JPL.

Speaker Highlights
Boykins designed the solar arrays that powered the first two Mars rovers, "Spirit" and "Opportunity," which outlived their projected life by a factor of more than 20.
Boykins was an educator for Dr. Robert Ballard's widely-acclaimed JASON project.
A veteran of Mars research and exploration, Boykins' work goes back to the Mars Pathfinder mission of 1997.
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