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Obama inspired by Mars rover mission`s Mohawk Guy

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 00:51

Washington: US President Barack Obama has confessed that he once wanted to get a mohawk, and his desire for the hairstyle has flared up again, egged on by the popularity of Curiosity rover`s `Mohawk Guy`.

"I, in the past, thought about getting a mohawk myself, but my team keeps on discouraging me," Obama told scientists at NASA`s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a phone call on Monday broadcast on NASA TV.

"And now that he`s received marriage proposals and thousands of new Twitter followers, I think that I`m going to go back to my team and see if it makes sense," he was quoted as saying by the CNN.

`Mohawk Guy`, whose real name is Bobak Ferdowsi, a Mars rover flight director became famous for his look during the rover landing last week.

As the world waited for Curiosity to touch down, Ferdowsi sported a red-and-black mohawk with yellow stars dyed on the sides of his head.

"It does sound like NASA has come a long way from the white-shirt, black dark-rimmed glasses and the pocket protectors," Obama told Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Charles Elachi and colleagues.

"You guys are a little cooler than you used to be," he said.

Obama also congratulated the team of NASA scientists, who successfully sent `Curiosity` mission to Mars, calling it a "mind-boggling" accomplishment.


First Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 00:51

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