Meet the Mohawk Behind NASA’s Curiosity Mission
When the Curiosity rover touched down on Mars in 2012, the Red Planet wasn’t the only focus of attention. One control room engineer—and his mane—stood out: Bobak Ferdowsi. Since that mission, the mohawked man has become a spokesperson of sorts, working to cultivate enthusiasm for space and the sciences. He chats about how we’ve entered a “golden age” of space exploration and speculates on whether putting a human on Mars will happen.
Bobak Ferdowski is Europa Clipper mission engineer and flight engineer/director of the Mars Curiosity Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.
Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.
Becky Fogel is a newscast host and producer at Texas Standard, a daily news show broadcast by KUT in Austin, Texas. She was formerly Science Friday’s production assistant.