PHOTO: “Mohawk Man” Bobak Ferdowsi, An Unlikely But Undeniable Geek Sex Object

Almost immediately after the Mars Curiosity mission was seen by millions, NASA got itself a new pin-up boy: Bobak Ferdowsi, the cute mohawk-sporting flight director with an infectious smile.

Sure, a lot of the excitement about Bobak is because he doesn’t fit the mold of what we think of when we think of NASA: He’s not some whitebread buzz-cut like Neil Armstrong or Major Healey. He’s young, he’s multicultural, and (if the hair is any indication) he knows how to party.

But for a certain segment of the Internet, Ferdowsi is just, well, a hottie.  He’s got a killer smile, looks like Joe Jonas and has a huge… brain. For some of us, that’s the perfect combination. Before Sunday’s landing Ferdowsi’s Twitter account, @tweetsoutloud, had less than 200 followers. By Monday, it was more than 21,000 followers.

As of this post, it’s at almost 34,000. That’s not all just intellectual attraction.

“I did not, of course, have any idea of what was going to happen. I’ve been having fun with my hair for each of our major events, a different color hair for launch, shaved things in the side of my head,” he tells BuzzFeed. “Little did I realize what was going to happen last night.”

Oh, we knew right away.

Sadly, Bobak is straight—and attached—but if we can put a rover on Mars, we can figure out a way to overcome those tiny obstacles, right?

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  • Chuck

    Looking like a Jonas brother is not in anyway a turn on for me. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Nice hair though.

  • Nate Skurf

    Good GOD yes.

  • Cam

    This is a gay story?

  • paulo


  • Skeloric

    Let us be clear, the story itself states that the man is straight and attached. Those are NOT “tiny obstacles” as they then were described. Those are BOUNDARIES, the very things we should recognize and honor in EXACTLY the way our enemies do not.

  • samwise

    @Skeloric: Hey, if they can dream about sending a man to mars…

  • esperando

    Curiosity is the largest lander to ever reach Mars. It’s landing system is nothing short of a miracle of engineering; it allows a much larger payload to be delivered to the surface much more precisely than was ever before possible. That was a necessary obstacle to overcome in order to begin colonizing the planet, because we will need to be able to deliver payloads of at least this size to precise coordinates in order to construct liveable habitats there. But, you know, there was a cute guy with a punky haircut working at mission control, so that’s all we queers can care about.

  • mc

    @esperando: You’re being ridiculous. He’s a ‘web sensation’ not just a queer sensation. There’s a Washington Post article written about him. In the Huffington Post article it says he’s been inundated with marriage proposals–from you know women. The man changes his hair for each mission. He wanted to be noticed and now he is.

    Your post is very holier than thou and superior sounding though–so if that’s the way you wanted it to come across, Mission Accomplished.

  • DC

    Zachary Quinto can play him in the movie.

  • Dumb Story

    Why is this considered gay news, or any news for that matter? So he’s got a mohawk – big deal. So do tens of thousands of other people. And the fact that he’s straight and attached leaves me even more puzzled why we could care about him.

  • Greg

    Enough with this guy.

  • hector

    People with no sense of whimsy make me sad and are a bore.

  • Terry

    The GAY STORY should be the cute gay guy next to the hippie dude, just down the same row of ‘puters.

  • Daniel Berry, NYC

    @esperando: Enjoying your killjoying? Dude, plenty of media outlets are covering the jazz you mentioned. WTF is wrong with gay guys enjoying the hot guy who’s got something a little different going on being part of this terrific achievement?

    You remind me of those nauseatingly humorless terminally politically correct dykes back in the 1970s who couldnt allow anybody to laugh about anything because it *might* offend someone.

  • Daniel Berry, NYC

    From some of the comments here I’m starting to believe the Right has a point when they complain about gay nazis. What the devil is wrong with you nasty jaded queens that you can be entertained and titillated in only one way? Can you step out side your gay-cultural lamestream for just a few seconds and enjoy something that isn’t about Gaga or gay characters in a popular TV show? Darn.


    well said. i agree we would all benefit from being far more cognisant of the superlative technological achievements of this program and science in general and should resist the all too easy impulse to dumb down to the level of cheap innuendo in order to present a cynical air of anti-intellectual aloofness hoping to pass it off for “cool”.

    all the same….dude, you said “payload” that’s fucking hot ;P
    (i loves it when my gay boys go all sciencey.)

  • Ron Spradlin

    Queerty worthy. This is queerty site. Me queer and thanks for the preety pics. I saw the details of the landing on CNN but did not see this work of art sent for human and maybe alien viewing.

  • Ryon

    Sweet Baby Jesus! This man is Fine!

  • iMarty

    Wow, I need to work for NASA now. He’s beautiful.

  • damendo

    He’s definitely got my Curiosity!!!!

  • John Ozed

    It’s possible to be excited by both- Curiosity landing on Mars and seeing a hot dude in the control room. As gay people we are not all the same and don’t have a guidebook to tell us how to behave.

  • Thom

    Damn, I thought he’d be gay.

  • samwise

    @Dumb Story: Let me guess, you think that every hot guy walking down the street is gay.

  • samwise

    @John Ozed: My guidebook is Mandate.

  • samwise

    @Daniel Berry, NYC: Daniel, you’re some kind of eunuch, huh?

  • Lynn

    He is Hot!! Wow ;-)

  • Uh No

    This is just like that “photogenic” guy all over again. I don’t get it.

    What’s the big deal?

  • Aaron

    This guy may have been interesting or cute if we saw this back in 2005-6 when this hairstyle was last trendy. It’s now kind of played and he’s just nice looking. But yeah, I guess amongst all the average joe scientists, he stands out.

  • LeoMarius

    This has to do with gay people how?

  • stepen

    Sexy according to who?

  • Emerald

    Well, that’s all fine and dandy but I can’t get past the ‘uniforms’ they are wearing. Looks a little to cultish for me.

  • Tessie Tura

    Who cares if he’s straight? Jeez, eye candy is eye candy. At my age I probably wouldn’t have a chance with him if he WAS gay.

  • samwise

    @Uh No: Photogenic guy was not someone who looked bangable. This guy is.

  • Rockery

    Things were looking good until I reached the last 2 pics, then it all fell apart. Side note: we use those headsets at my PT job

  • Raymond Saint-Pierre

    @hector: Ah! Whimsy! Wasn’t that sort of “gay” and just a little “queer” once upon a time?))

  • Raymond Saint-Pierre

    @Emerald: Sort of like the ones at Chelsea Piers?

  • Kevin in Cincy

    @Daniel Berry, NYC: A-FUCKING-MEN, BRUTHA…(!) That’s EXACTLY how he’s comin’ across. I say go ahead and ogle to our hearts’ content… ;)

  • michael

    Yeah, he’s straight and all he watches is lesbian porn because men just don’t turn him on. Sorry but hardly any man is an island and even the only 1% gay ones can be docked.

  • michael

    In other words, he is way too pretty to be totally straight.

  • Mariko

    He’s cute and all, but where are the pictures of He Chong?

  • Jacki

    Gahd! Some of you really need to lighten up. Life’s too short to be so miserable all the time. Anyway – he reminds me so much of an ex-girlfriend of mine. :D Gorgeous!

  • Rick

    Damn! Didn’t even know about him til I got here. The flight is amazing, the science of it all is amazing. People who vote on Yahoo say it is a waste of money. What a pathetic people we have become. No interest in science, only right/left, tote the gun or don’t.

  • Liz McLellan (@hyperlocavore)

    Yes…that’s the thing… the interwebs LIT UP. I was watching the lander LIVE…because I LOVE SCIENCE…. and then Bobak pops up…and I am like… WHAT??? HOTNESS!!! So I tweeted – along with all the other libidinal nerds watching. Go to twitter and it’s BOBAKMANIA. It’s not a gay guy thing….It’s an awesome internet moment thing. Mars Curiosity – Awesome. Bobak Fandom Awesome…It’s all in good fun.

    The funnest part of it was the collective “Well…..HELLO!” Bobak got….along with the supremely awesome moment all who watched live shared…

  • Adam

    Amazing hair

  • Dagrlzrd

    @hector: AMEN TO THAT!!! I love this guy at NASA can,t get enough of him and all the wonderful cute nerdy people in this world without whom this website and my laptop would not be possible.THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  • Sukhrajah

    Guys, guys, guys…

    You have it all wrong. This is actually Mark Salling, and this was just a Glee spin-off.

  • Dagrlzrd

    @samwise: SAMWISE??? Gee that’s original…Still I kinda agree with you though,not that I want to.


    Uhummmm…. Please excuse me while I tidy myself & change underwear….

  • spacegod

    The dumbest comment someone can ever post is “This isn’t news” or “Who cares?”
    Especially when you care enough to take the time to read what isn’t news and even more time posting that it isn’t and you don’t.

  • spacegod

    @esperando: Hi. Gay much?

  • jack

    Geek? He looks like a stud to me.

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