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NASA Curiosity Rover, Bobak Ferdowsi "Mohawk Guy" Becomes Web Phenomenon [VIDEO]

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: Aug 07, 2012 02:19 PM EDT

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Bobak Ferdowsi
Nasa activity lead, Bobak Ferdowsi, is now famous for his star-spangled do.(Photo : Reuters)

The NASA Curiosity rover landed on Mars, sweeping the nation and international media. The livestream coverage of the rovers journey to Mars also covered Mission Control, making one man--Bobak Ferdowsi, aka "Mohawk Guy" famous.

The NASA Activity lead caught the attention of viewers, and subsequently was all over social media because of his awesome hairdo--a red and blue Mohawk with yellow stars dyed on the side of his head.

There was a Tumblr account titled, "NASA Needs More Mohawks," and talks of his hair were all over the Twittersphere, even resulting in a few marriage proposals. People love him:

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Ferdowsi gained 20,000 plus Twitter followers with the majority of those added since last night. Before this whole fiasco he had less than 200. He responded to the overwhelming and unprecedented popularity by Tweeting this:

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

"It's a little surreal," he said to NBC News about his new-found fame. "I'm still just getting over the 'We're on Mars' thing. That's the thing I can't believe."

Ferdowsi apparently changes his hairstyle for every mission. This star-spangled look was voted on by his NASA teammates and was meant to be patriotic plus cosmic.

Apparently, Ferdowsi is a 32-year-old bay area, California native who went to the University of Washington where he studied aeronautical and astronautical engineering then went on to get a Masters degree in the same subject at MIT. Whether or not he is currently single, has not been confirmed.

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