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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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nate Skurf

      Good GOD yes.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      This is a gay story?

      Aug 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • paulo


      Aug 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samwise

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DC

      Zachary Quinto can play him in the movie.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greg

      Enough with this guy.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hector

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Terry

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      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.)

      Aug 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryon

      Sweet Baby Jesus! This man is Fine!

      Aug 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • iMarty

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • damendo

      He’s definitely got my Curiosity!!!!

      Aug 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thom

      Damn, I thought he’d be gay.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samwise

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samwise

      @John Ozed: My guidebook is Mandate.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samwise

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lynn

      He is Hot!! Wow ;-)

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Uh No

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

      What’s the big deal?

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LeoMarius

      This has to do with gay people how?

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stepen

      Sexy according to who?

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samwise

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raymond Saint-Pierre

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raymond Saint-Pierre

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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… ;)

      Aug 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michael

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mariko

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

      Aug 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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!

      Aug 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 7, 2012 at 11:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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…

      Aug 7, 2012 at 11:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Liz McLellan (@hyperlocavore)

      and that included all the boynerds and all the girlnerds who love Bobak….

      Aug 7, 2012 at 11:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adam

      Amazing hair

      Aug 8, 2012 at 12:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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!!!

      Aug 8, 2012 at 8:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sukhrajah

      Guys, guys, guys…

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

      Aug 8, 2012 at 9:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dagrlzrd

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

      Aug 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • URDUMB

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

      Aug 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • spacegod

      @esperando: Hi. Gay much?

      Aug 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jack

      Geek? He looks like a stud to me.

      Aug 10, 2012 at 3:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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