While NASA was in the process of landing a car on Mars in the wee hours this morning, the flight director on the Curiosity lander mission instantly became an Internet celebrity
. It would be nice to think that was because of the tremendous job Bobak Ferdowsi and the rest of the mission team did pulling off a technological feat that staggers the imagination, but it may have had something to do with the imagination he showed in his choice of haricuts: a mohawk with stars cut out on the side of his head.
Of course, by this morning Ferdowsi already had inspired a Tumblr
(beware, the URL and some of the content are not entirely safe for work), replete with confessions of love and offers of marriage. And of course, he's got a bunch of new friends on Twitter, where he signed off
after Curiosity's touchdown with this: "Internet, you win this round. I'll be back later, but thanks so much. Now going to celebrate with all my friends and team!"