Live lecture series is taking us beyond the moon and all the way to Mars. Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will talk about his work to send rovers to the Red Planet and what it took to get them there. Of course, he’ll also have some lavishly illustrated presentations to add to the evening’s thrill. “The story is about how we engineered the rovers to get to the surface of Mars. It’s not the science story,” says Boykins. “It’s more about how we designed them and engineered them to work effectively on the surface of Mars.” Plus, find out about the mysterious “six minutes of terror,” and maybe Boykins will spill the beans about life on Mars during Exploring Mars: The Next Generation
7:30 p.m. April 18. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org
. $15 to $65.
Kobie Boykins, NASA engineer
Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reveals our latest venture to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory, better known as Curiosity. Join him for an engaging evening on the Red Planet with an update on the very latest chapter in the ongoing story of the fascinating Mars exploration.
Physics, engineering and space exploration nerds unite: The Houston Symphony’s third installation of its