When I was a little girl, all the kids wanted to be astronauts. Can you imagine? It was the end of the Cold War, and the space race was part of the dick-swinging competition we had going on with the Soviet bloc. NASA was glamorous. The rich kids at school went to astronaut camp in the summertime. They brought back samples of astronaut food, like dehydrated ice cream and shit. It was very fashionable. Can you imagine? Is there a single kid in the USA who wants to be an astronaut today? Hell, can you imagine if the USA had enemies who were white people who could do calculus? White people with a navy? Recipients for the nobel prize in science? HOW ROMANTIC…!
But I digress.
I bring this up because I was watching parts of the video feed of those NASA guys landing that “Curiosity” robot on Mars. I’d forgotten NASA even existed. Talk about some Cold War dinosaurs! But I have to say: I was really happy for them. They were so happy when they landed that robot! They were crying! I cheered for them. GOOD JOB, GUYS!
I was talking about it with some girls at this campus where I tutor today.
“Did you see the hot mohawk guy?” one of the girls asked me.
I thought she was making a joke. “A mohawk guy? At NASA? What, like an engineer punk or something?”
“Yeah! He’s, like, a twitter sensation!” she said.
I had to see this for myself. I don’t remember a hot mohawk guy!
Meet Bobak Ferdowski (do names get any nerdier?), hot NASA mohawk guy:
|He is cute…but I am oddly fascinated by the longhair…|
|Yellow stars? What?|
|Tears of joy at successful robot landing!|