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It’s been a crazy 24 hours for flight director Bobak Ferdowsi, and not just because he and the rest of his team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory just landed an SUV on Mars. Ferdowsi has catapulted to Internet fame — thanks to his star-spangled Mohawk hairdo and the warm-hearted hotness he exuded during TV coverage of the Curiosity rover’s landing.
He’s picked up 20,000-plus Twitter followers, with most of those added just since last night. He’s getting come-ons from fans of both sexes (“I’d let that be-mohawked NASA dude land his rover on my red planet any time,” one admirer wrote). A Tumblr tribute site has been created in his honor. And there’s a widely distributed LOL picture with the caption, “Becomes an Internet sensation … Too busy landing a robot on Mars to notice.”
This is why creative freedom should be in the workplace. It’s up to you how you want to come across.