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The Quest for Life on an Icy Moon - Changemaker Speaker Series
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The Quest for Life on an Icy Moon

Tue September 19, 2023
@ 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.
Kobie Boykins – NASA Engineer
Europa with Spacecraft Credit NASA

About the Event

Embark on a journey through more than two decades of space exploration with NASA engineer Kobie Boykins as he shares his greatest triumphs and challenges. One of the driving creative minds behind the Mars rovers, Kobie has turned to more distant frontiers. In 2024, he will lead NASA’s most ambitious mission to date: a circumnavigation of one of Jupiter’s four moons, Europa, searching for signs of life. Through footage shot by the rovers and animations, Kobie gives an up-close look at other worlds and shares why he’s so passionate about his work and how it’s relevant to life on Earth.

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



Overture Center for the Arts
201 State St, Madison
Madison, WI
Tue September 19, 2023
7:30 pm

The Quest for Life on an Icy Moon


Changemaker Speaker Series

Overture Center for the Arts
Past Event

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