Sunday, January 20, 2013

NASA's 'Mohawk Guy' to introduce new hairstyle during inaugural parade

NASA's biggest celebrity will participate in the inaugural parade, which will be held on Monday. No, it won't be the Curiosity, but instead NASA's Bobak Ferdowsi, of its Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), as MSNBC reported on Friday.

Folks might recall how Ferdowsi stole the show from Curiosity back in August. His Mohawk is just one in a series of "different" haircuts; he changes his hairstyle for every mission based on a vote by his colleagues.

On Monday, he's going to unveil a new hairstyle. He has not revealed what it is, though. Instead, Ferdowsi is keeping details of his new hairstyle under his hat until the inaugural parade.

Ferdowsi and his fellow scientists will strut along with a full-scale model of the Curiosity rover, as well as a life-size replica of the new Orion capsule. With regard to his new haircut, all he would say is “It’ll be something related to the event going on; that’s all I’m going to say.”

Ferdowsi and his JPL cohorts think differently when compared with the rest of NASA. JPL even created a video, released shortly after the Curiosity landing and Ferdowsi, also known as the "Mohawk Guy," went viral on the Internet. That video, titled "We're NASA and we know it" was meant to emphasize the coolness of JPL, and its differences from the rest of NASA proper.

At the time of the video's release, Gentry Lee, JPL's chief engineer for solar system exploration said, "[As part of CalTech,] we are not under civil-service restrictions. We are allowed to think outside the box. That has a huge impact on the way we do things."

Including, apparently, interesting statements in hairstyles and offbeat videos.

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