NASA’s “Mohawk Guy” Bobak Ferdowsi, a flight director for the Mars Science Laboratory mission that lowered the Curiosity rover to the Martian surface in early August, will host a two-hour online broadcast on Internet radio station Third Rock Radio at 4 p.m. EDT, Aug. 30.
The show, entitled “Getting Curious with the Mohawk Guy,” will feature Ferdowsi discussing his experience with the landing of Curiosity, NASA’s evolving image, and renewed interest in science and exploration. Ferdowsi works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
Ferdowsi has become an Internet sensation. His image has helped popularize the Mars rover mission with young people, and modernized the general public’s perception of NASA engineers and scientists.
“I never thought I’d be hosting a radio show,” Ferdowsi said. “Landing a rover on Mars rocks, and so does this music!”
Ferdowsi has worked at JPL since 2003. He holds a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During the landing of the Curiosity rover, he captured the public’s attention with his star-spangled Mohawk hairstyle.
Third Rock Radio is produced under a NASA Space Act Agreement with RFC Media of Houston. It was created to help cultivate new interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics among young Americans.
Third Rock Radio can be streamed free via the TuneIn mobile app, which is available for smart phones and tablet computers through the Google Play and iTunes app stores, and from the NASA home page at thirdrockradio.net.