Meet Bobak Ferdowsi, The Flight Director With The Mohawk That Became The Star Of NASA’s Curiosity Landing

Bobak Ferdowsi

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Bobak Ferdowsi, the activity lead and flight director on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission, became quite the star of the mission early this morning. Ferdowsi had less than 200 followers on Twitter before NASA’s livestream of the Mars Curiosity landing.

Now? It stands near 11,000.

Part of the reason he was given almost as much attention as the rover was because of his mohawk, which has already become a meme. Ferdowsi cuts his hair differently for every mission.

Bobak tweeted this right after touchdown was confirmed:


He tweeted earlier in the night about how he styles his hair differently for every mission. “Folks asking about my hair, here it is. Been doing this for big events,” he tweeted.


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And now he has become a meme.


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Bobak cried after touchdown was confirmed:


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