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Exploring the Red Planet with NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins

Posted On: December 12th, 2016

Perhaps no one on earth knows more about Mars than NASA Mechanical Engineer Kobie Boykins, who will share dozens of breath-taking images of the red planet as well as his personal reflections on the importance of success and failure in the process of scientific exploration at Bailey Hall in a National Geographic Live! event on Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m

“Kobie Boykins is an engaging public speaker who puts a fresh face on America’s space program,” said Dr. Dan Barnard, associate dean of cultural affairs and director of Bailey Hall. “Audiences will feel as though they are actually on Mars as they listen to the stories of Boykins’ successful missions and observe scenic images of the red planet.”

The recent debut of National Geographic Channel’s $20 million mini-series Mars, produced by a team that includes Ron Howard, has peaked America’s interest in exploring the red planet like never before. Telsa CEO Elon Musk recently made waves in the press with plans to colonize Mars with a million people, at a cost of less than $200,000 per ticket sometime this century. Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos created Blue Origin, a company working with NASA to build a rocket to ferry people to an asteroid and perhaps one day, even to Mars. Bezos stated at a conference held in May “We will settle Mars. We should, because it’s cool.”

At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Boykins currently serves as supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing mast teams for the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity which safely landed on Mars on August 6, 2012. Boykins designed the solar arrays that power the Mars exploration rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Landing on Mars on January 25, 2004, Opportunity was designed to survive a mission lasting approximately 90 days. Remarkably, the rover continues to traverse the surface of Mars to this day, sending back valuable scientific data. His other projects have included work on the Mars Pathfinder mission and the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, making measurements by satellite of the Earth’s oceans.

Tickets are available for $10 for community guests, $5 for students.  Boykins will also present a special program for students at 10:30 a.m. on January 19. Tickets to the student presentation are $4.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.baileyhall.org or contacting the Bailey Hall box office at (954) 201-6884. The box office and phone lines are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and one hour prior to an event.

The flagship venue of Broward College, Bailey Hall is located on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus at 3501 Davie Rd. in Davie and offers free parking. 

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ABOUT BAILEY HALL:

Bailey Hall offers Broward College students, faculty and the South Florida community with highest quality cultural entertainment and programming which is hip, smart, engaging, and authentic. The College uses its various music, theater, and film series to incorporate an academic component for its fine arts and visual arts students through master classes, workshops and participation. Recently, Bailey Hall underwent a $5.6 million renovation to improve the experience, sound and atmosphere. 

ABOUT BROWARD COLLEGE:

Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu

BRIEF: Perhaps no one on earth knows more about Mars than NASA Mechanical Engineer Kobie Boykins, who will share dozens of breath-taking images of the red planet as well as his personal reflections on the importance of success and failure in the process of scientific exploration at Bailey Hall on a National Geographic Live! event on Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m Tickets are available for $10 for community guests, $5 for students.  Boykins will also present a special program for students at 10:30 a.m. on January 19. Tickets to the student presentation are $4. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.baileyhall.org or contacting the Bailey Hall box office at (954) 201-6884. The box office and phone lines are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and one hour prior to an event. The flagship venue of Broward College, Bailey Hall is located on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus at 3501 Davie Rd. in Davie and offers free parking.

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