The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 160: Bobak Ferdowsi
Today, we’re looking to the stars with Bobak Ferdowsi. Ferdowsi first caught the public’s attention in 2012 as NASA’s “mohawk guy.” During Curiosity‘s final descent to the surface of Mars, his unmistakable hairstyle nearly stole the spotlight. But he was no plant for increased media coverage of the event (that was just a fortuitous turn of events). Ferdowsi is a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and has been involved with missions to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Earth.
He’s also become a vocal advocate for NASA, space exploration, and STEM education. On this episode, we talk about the most exciting work going on at NASA (that you might not know about), the race to Mars and competition with companies like SpaceX, how to inspire kids to go to space, the Europa Clipper project, and scientific literacy in 2017.