Houston Symphony: What’s one thing most people wouldn’t know about being a NASA engineer?
Kobie Boykins: It truly is an AWESOME job!
HS: If you could go back in time and meet one person, who would it be?
KB: Wow, as I think about this there are so many people that come to mind. If I could only pick one, I think it would be Leonardo da Vinci, but Jesus, I don’t know how I could pass up on him.
HS: What is your biggest dream?
KB: To see humans travel in space like in Star Trek, and it has to be on the USS Enterprise.
HS: What is your spirit animal?
HS: Which superhero’s powers would you most like to have?
KB: Professor X.
HS: What’s your favorite fictional robot?
KB: DATA then Wall-E. I am sure there are others, Big Hero 6…
HS: What’s something that scares you?
KB: Not being able to act like a kid…
HS: Describe one of the topics you’ll cover at this event in three words.
KB: The bad Sister.
HS: What gets on your nerves?
HS: What are you most proud of?
KB: Being a father, brother, and a son. There is also that hardware on Mars that is very cool.
HS: What is your favorite place in the world?
HS: What is the last book you enjoyed reading?
KB: Re-read of the Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn.
HS: What is the last movie or TV show you enjoyed watching?
KB: Love The Blacklist.
HS: Name one person who inspires you.
KB: My mother.
HS: If you had to have a job in a different field, what would it be?
KB: Physiologist or Sociologist. I love learning about people and how their minds work.
HS: What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
KB: I am a sucker for good love stories. My favorite love-story movie is The Notebook. I cry every time, TRULY.
HS: If you were a robot, what would be your purpose?
KB: To seek out new life, new civilizations, to boldly…make everyone love science and engineering!
HS: What scientific discovery would you most like to see?
KB: Picture of another Earth-like planet around another star.
HS: What’s one quality you look for in all your friends?
KB: Intelligence, trustworthiness, love of life, honesty—see I can’t follow directions.
HS: Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the universe?
KB: Honestly, I can think of a lot of places, but I really like right where I am. With my wife, my kids, my friends, my family, and the work I get to do, this is the best time and place in the universe.
Don’t miss Kobie Boykins at Exploring Mars: The Next Generation, part of our National Geographic Live! speaker series. Get tickets and more info here.