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Beyond Earth: The Quest for Life with Kobie Boykins
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Beyond Earth: The Quest for Life

Tue April 8, 2025
@ 7:30 pm
Exploring the next final frontier, as NASA’s Kobie Boykins pivots his search for life on the red planet to life on a cold moon.
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Kobie Boykins – NASA Engineer
Europa with Spacecraft Credit NASA_JPL-Caltech_Univ. of Michigan

About the Event

Embark on a journey through more than two decades of space exploration with leading NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins. After working on all of the Mars Rover programs, Kobie has set his sights on more distant frontiers with his most ambitious mission to date–a circumnavigation of Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon. As Chief Engineer of this project, Kobie has been leading a team of thousands to build and deploy a spacecraft that will take 8 years just to reach its target, before it slingshots around Jupiter and gets into a two-year orbit of Europa.  The goal? To find out if there is water under the icy crust. Where there’s water, there’s life. The mission is set to launch in October 2024.

About the Speaker

Kobie Boykins is a lead principal engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In more than 25 years at the lab, he has worked on every Mars mission since Pathfinder, which took the first rover to Mars. Later, Kobie designed the solar arrays to power the Mars Exploration Rovers that sent images and data back to Earth, leading to the discovery that the surface of Mars once held water. In 2013, Kobie received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, one of the highest honors given to NASA employees and contractors. In 2024, he will lead the NASA Europa Clipper mission, which will seek to determine whether the surface ice on Jupiter’s Europa moon holds liquid water beneath it—signifying the capacity for life—and to answer how water disappeared from Mars. 

Venue and Location

Venue

Location

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO
Tue April 8, 2025
7:30 pm

Beyond Earth: The Quest for Life

Series

Trailblazers Speaker Series

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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