Meet NASA Mars Rover Engineer
and Space Explorer Kobie Boykins
Sunday, May 16, 1 p.m.
NASA Mars rover engineer Kobie Boykins will meet Museum visitors at the full-scale model of the next Mars rover, Curiosity
, on exhibit in the Museum during the month of May. Boykins will talk informally about Curiosity
and the previous Mars rovers that he helped design, Spirit
. Those solar-powered rovers--that landed on Mars in 2004--far exceeded their 90-day mechanical life expectancies, and Opportunity
is still roaming Mars today. Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, designed and helped build the celebrated solar arrays that power the rovers. He is currently working on Curiosity