NASA "Mohawk Guy" Bobak Ferdowsi has a whole new hairstyle planned for next week’s presidential inauguration parade, the Mars Curiosity rover engineer said Wednesday.
Ferdowsi would not, however, give any hint as to what the new 'do would be.
“It’s a surprise,” the impeccably coiffed Ferdowsi said in an interview. “I’m hoping people will tune in to find out, but it will be something fun.”
The Mars Science Laboratory mission flight director made headlines during Curiosity’s landing Aug. 5. His stars-and-stripes faux-hawk stole the show as he sat in the mission control room at Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the rover’s dramatic touchdown.
Within days, the flight director’s Twitter count shot to more than 40,000, turning the 33-year-old engineer into a de facto spokesman for the mission. His hairdo was later parodied in the hit viral video "We’re NASA and We Know It."