Kobie Boykins: Exploring Mars, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., tickets start at $27.50, uccspresents.org.
n June of this year, the Mars rover Opportunity
went into hibernation during a massive dust storm on the planet’s surface. It has yet to wake up, but scientists are optimistic that a windy season might soon clear the dust from its solar arrays. The man who designed those arrays, which have kept Opportunity
running 14 years longer than its planned mission (predicted to last only 90 days), will be coming to the Springs this week to discuss the incredible things we have learned about our neighbor planet thanks to his work, and the work of countless NASA scientists. Kobie Boykins has been part of Mars exploration efforts since the Mars Pathfinder mission of 1997, and contributed design work not only to Opportunity, but also to its younger counterpart Curiosity
, which landed on Mars successfully in 2012 and has been in operation since. His presentation, part of the National Geographic
Live series, will highlight some of the coolest Mars-related discoveries scientists have made in recent years, and he’ll share his “boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space.” If you share a bit of that enthusiasm yourself, this should be a presentation to remember.