Paramount Presents: National Geographic Live – Kobie Boykins, Exploring Mars
Series | 09/16/2022 | 7:00PM
Entry to all public events at The Paramount Theater requires proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative PCR test OR proof of a negative antigen test professionally administered within 72 hours prior to the performance date and time, along with valid photo ID. Additionally, masks will be required for all individuals inside the Theater, regardless of vaccination status, except while actively eating or drinking in their seats.
For more information regarding this policy update, click here.
Few events in the last decade of space exploration have captured the world’s imagination like NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. The successful deployment of the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity in 2004 launched a new era of scientific investigation of our nearest planetary neighbor, and marked a personal triumph for Kobie Boykins: he helped design and build the solar arrays that enabled the rovers to keep going long after their planned 90-day life.
As supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing teams for the Mars rover Curiosity, Boykins monitored the headline making studies of the rover, including evidence that conditions on Mars could once have supported life. In 2013, Boykins received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, one of the highest honors given to NASA employees and contractors.
Join Boykins for an engaging evening exploring the red planet—with an update on the latest chapter in Mars exploration. His boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space, and Mars in particular, is infectious.
SERIES TICKETS AVAILABLE!
Join us for all three National Geographic Live events at The Paramount this season!
- Friday, February 18, 2022: Rae Wynn-Grant, The Secret Life of Bears
- Thursday, April 14, 2022: Filipe DeAndrade, Untamed
- Friday, September 16, 2022: Kobie Boykins, Exploring Mars
To enjoy series ticket pricing, add your tickets for all three events to your cart and the discount will automatically be applied!
Kobie Boykins is a principal mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Boykins graduated Cum Laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, before joining JPL.
In more than twenty-five years at the lab, he has worked on the Pathfinder mission, built the solar arrays for the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, led the mobility and remote sensing teams for the Mars Science Laboratory Rover, Curiosity, and is serving as Chief Engineer on the Europa Clipper team.
In 2013, Boykins received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, one of the highest honors given to NASA employees and contractors.
North American Presenting Sponsor:
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! The Paramount Theater is pleased to bring diverse programming to the stage and screen. The Theater does not provide advisories about subject matter for events, as sensitivities vary. Not all events may appeal to, or be appropriate for, every person. Patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows offered in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets. For further questions, please contact the Box Office at 434.979.1333 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, 10AM-2PM Monday – Friday + 1 hour before events.