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Mohawk Guy to Ride With Mars Rover in Obama’s Inaugural Parade
Posted: 16 January 2013 10:06 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Presidential inaugurations are big deals, and tend to attract high-profile stars like Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen who are eager to rub elbows with the newly inaugurated commander-in-chief. But next week, a very unusual celebrity will be appearing in President Obama’s parade: the NASA scientist known as “Mohawk Guy.”

Bobak Ferdowsi, who earned the love and admiration of nerds everywhere as the vertically coiffed activity lead for NASA’s mission to Mars, will be rolling with his fellow scientists in Obama’s inaugural parade on Jan. 21 and a full-scale model of the Curiosity rover that they safely landed on Mars in August of last year, as well as a life-size replica of the new Orion capsule. And in true Ferdowsi fashion, he’s also planning a new haircut for the event – but all he’s saying right now is that it will be a “surprise.”

“I can’t tell you [what it is], but it’s going to be something fun for the occasion, I think it’s going to be fun for everyone there,” Ferdowsi said in an interview with Wired. “It’ll be something related to the event going on, that’s all I’m going to say.”

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