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NASA’s ‘Mohawk Guy’ will join President Obama at inauguration

January 18, 2013

NASA’s ‘Mohawk Guy’ will join President Obama at inauguration

Mohawk Guy returns.

NASA will be represented on Monday (January 21) when President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term as president. The famous Mohawk Guy, Bobak Ferdowsi, who works at NASA will be included in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. Joining Ferdowsi in the parade will be life-size models of NASA’s Orion space capsule and Curiosity, the space agency’s newest Mars rover.

As a flight director at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ferdowsi gained a lot of attention for his mohawk, which was on display when the robotic rover Curiosity landed on Mars last year. Ferdowsi’s unusual hairstyle went viral on the internet, making him an overnight sensation. Ferdowsi, who was shown live on video during NASA’s seven minutes of terror — the time during which Curiosity plunged through the Martian atmosphere during its descent. Speaking at the time, President Obama joked that, at one time, he  was considering getting a Mohawk myself, but his team eventually discouraged him.

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