GREENVILLE, South Carolina – National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and the Peace Center is proud to announce two presentations for the 2019-2020 season – Exploring Mars with NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m., and Ocean Soul with renowned underwater photographer Brian Skerry on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at 6 p.m. Tickets for each presentation are $20.

As senior mechanical engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Kobie Boykins helped design and build the solar arrays for the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. He has monitored headline-making studies, including proof that there was once water on Mars, indicating that the red planet could have supported life. Winner of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Boykins will share his boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space, along with news of the latest chapter of Mars exploration.

National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater, often in extreme conditions beneath Arctic ice and in predator-infested waters. Journey with him from the North Atlantic, where harp seals face off with commercial hunters, to the Gulf of St. Lawrence in search of Atlantic blue fin tuna, and to research facilities studying dolphin intelligence. The images he captures while on assignment offer a mesmerizing glimpse of “the soul of the sea.”

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit

Tickets for the National Geographic Live presentations by Kobie Boykins and Brian Skerry are $20 each and may be purchased by calling 864-467-3000 or 800-888-7768, in person at the Peace Center Box Office or online at Tickets go on sale to Peacekeepers beginning now and go on sale to the public on Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m. Service fees will apply to phone and online sales.

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