NASA engineer pilots Mars Rover through space, into Internet’s heart
There are a number of reasons why Bobak Ferdowsi is the new darling of the Web. He’s an entertaining tweeter, sports a smashing mohawk hairstyle, and helped land a rover on the surface of Mars.
Ferdowsi, activity lead for the Mars Curiosity project, became the focal point for many of those watching a livestream of the nerve centre at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles early Monday. His hairstyle, which changes for each mission, caught the imagination of viewers. Along with the mohawk, he had star shapes shaved into his head.
Once his Twitter account was discovered, the number of followers he had exploded from fewer than 200 to more than 15,000. His fun tweets certainly helped: