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NASA's 'Mohawk Guy' Bobak Ferdowsi Becomes Internet Sensation For Funky Hairstyle

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NASA's "Mohawk Guy"Bobak Ferdowsi has become an Internet sensation overnight for his funky hairstyle of a Mohawk and two yellow stars. Ferdowski has received thousands of tweets and marriage proposals already.

While NASA is gloating over their successful landing of the Curiosity on Mars, one employee of theirs has his own little victory to celebrate. NASA's employee flight director Bobak Ferdowsi became an overnight sensation when the camera caught a close up of his funky hairstyle red-tinged Mohawk haircut and yellow stars dyed above the ear while NASA celebrated their success.

Forty-eight hours ago, Ferdowsi had as few as 200 followers on Twitter but woke up to more that 40,000 followers Thursday Within hours of being captured on camera, he was a trending topic on Tumblr and became a trending hashtag on Twitter. He's been immortalized in image macros, comic fan art, and even T-shirts on Cafepress. While his meteoric rise to fame may not be as remarkable as the Mars landing itself, it sure has got him a huge fan base with quite a few marriage proposals.

"@tweetsoutloud I know you've been busy, but will you marry me? land something on mars if the answer is yes," wrote @amaeryllis, in a post that is now common on the Twitter feed of the nine-year NASA veteran.

"@tweetsoutloud Besides, you're an overnight sensation, and all the ladies love you!! Including this one ;) <3 <3 Marry Me??? :D," reads another.

So far Ferdowsi is downplaying his newfound fame. He tweeted, "Not rdy for the attention, but happy to show it takes all types to make @MarsCuriosity ! If only my coworkers wld stop making fun of me ;)"

"It's a little surreal," Ferdowsi told NBC News. "I'm still just getting over the 'We're on Mars' thing. That's the thing I can't believe."

According to NBC News, he sports a new 'do for each space mission that he works on. The suggestions are settled by a poll among his co-workers. For Curiosity's landing, several potential hairstyles were in the running.

Ferdowsi, who graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and then went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, acknowledges his new-found fame.

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Aug 09, 2012 06:06 AM EDT

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