Having helped design the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity, NASA engineer Kobie Boykins reveals what these robots are telling us about the existence of life on the red planet.
Kobie Boykins is a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Kobie is on the front lines of the exploration of Mars. His work in designing components for Martian rovers has led to the rovers Spirit and Opportunity exploring the surface of the red planet long beyond their designed lifetimes.
Kobie is currently awaiting the launch of Curiosity, the next rover to launch to Mars. Curiosity uses a revolutionary new landing method called the "skycrane" and will spend several months on the surface, taking samples and investigating whether Mars was, or is, a suitable place for life to take hold.