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Monday 18 November 2019

‘NASA’S sexiest nerd’ goes viral and overshadows Mars landing thanks to funky hair do

Bobak Ferdowsi works inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. (Brian van der Brug - AP)
Bobak Ferdowsi works inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. (Brian van der Brug - AP)
Bobak Ferdowsi works inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. (Brian van der Brug - AP)

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WHILE history was being made on Mars with a hunt for life, a new star was being born at the NASA jet propulsion laboratory on earth.





NASA mission controller Bobak Ferdowski, aka Mohawk Guy went viral when images of him at the Spaceflight Operations facility were published.



His instant celebrity even overshadowed the safe touchdown of the one-tonne Curiousity in US media and on social networks.



Described as ‘NASA’s sexiest nerd’, the flight director sparked a sensational reaction on Twitter with tens of thousands following him within minutes.



The 32 year old has been at NASA for nine years, working primarily on the Curiosity project. He graduated from the University of Washington with an undergraduate degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and then went on to get a masters degree at MIT.



The hairstyle was decided by Ferdowsi’s coworkers; he changes it for every every big mission.



Ferdowsi’s Twitter account, which describes him as an “exercise fiend” and a “mediocre shortstop,” gives some insight into how he’s handling his new-found stardom.



He posted: “Not rdy for the attention, but happy to show it takes all types to make @MarsCuriosity ! If only my coworkers wld stop making fun of me ;)”

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