NASA finds it has a star in mission control ‘Mohawk Guy’
Up in the stars, history was made, and down here on Earth, a new star was born: Bobak Ferdowsi, a.k.a. “Mohawk Guy,” the mission controller for the NASA Mars Curiosity Landing who is attracting attention for his unusual style. Here’s why Ferdowsi has become an insta-celebrity:
• He changes his hair for every mission.
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For the mission to Mars, which has landed a sophisticated robot on the planet to search for the building blocks of extraterrestrial life, Ferdowsi wore his hair in a red-streaked mohawk, with bleached stars on the side of his head.
• He follows in a long tradition of sci-fi hair. Pop culture has given us a strong association between outlandish hair and science fantasy. Think of Princess Leia and Queen Amidala’s oversized coils. Spock and the Klingons’ pointed eyebrows. Those ridiculous dreadlocks on John Travolta’s character in “Battlefield Earth.” Ferdowsi’s hair looks as though it could be part of a costume for a young, handsome sci-fi hero – which, in the eyes of his fans, is his role.
• He’s challenging stereotypes of rocket scientists.
“Forget the thick black framed glasses, polyester ties and pocket protectors of the control room staff at the Apollo landings – this is the face of 21st century NASA!” one blogger wrote. Washington Post
Country couple McGraw and Hill set up ‘intimate’ Las Vegas concert
Country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are heading to Las Vegas.
They will be performing a 10-weekend run of shows at The Venetian starting Dec. 7. The couple announced the news Tuesday during a press conference at the hotel.
Sitting on a white leather sofa in the 1800-seat theater where the show will take place, McGraw welcomed everyone to their part-time Vegas home.
Hill said they were thrilled about the opportunity to be creative in a way they’ve never experienced together before.
“Being in this intimate environment, it will be ‘us,’ ” added McGraw. “I’m very excited.”
The show is called “Soul2Soul,” named after their hugely successful co-headlining tours in 2000 and 2006. According to Pollstar, their 2006-2007 “Soul2Soul II” run remains the highest grossing North American tour in country music history.
The Vegas shows will mark the first time in six years that McGraw and Hill have performed a full concert together in the United States. McGraw said they are in the process of building the show and promises that the production will be cutting edge.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday and open to the general public Monday.
The couple have sold more than 70 million albums and charted more than 40 No. 1 hits between them. Associated Press