Live video discussion: Meet the Mars mission 'Mohawk guy'
A number of traditions were on full display Sunday among the engineers working to successfully land the Mars rover Curiosity -- a "playoff beard" that will go unshaved until the mission ends and lucky trinkets from Mars missions past, to name a few.
But only one has gained notoriety: the red, white and blue mohawk Bobak Ferdowsi, a flight director on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission, wore to work in honor of the landing.
The Times will host a Google+ Hangout on Thursday at 2 p.m. with "Mohawk Guy" Ferdowsi, reporter Amina Khan and City Editor Shelby Grad.
Ferdowsi creates a new hairstyle for each mission, and when the cameras found the stars-and-stripes-themed mohawk his colleagues voted on for the rover's dramatic landing, he became an instant Internet star.
-- Samantha Schaefer
Photo: Bobak Ferdowsi, at work in the Spaceflight Operations Facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, cuts his hair differently for each mission. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times