“For people who don’t have the opportunity to see NASA people every day, it was a little bit of a shock. I think most people’s images are like the Apollo 13 version of NASA: the traditional white shirt, the narrow black tie, the horn-rimmed glasses. But if you look back at some of the older pictures of Mission Control, there are some guys wearing Spock ears for one of the launches. So I think there’s always been a sense of having fun for these things. All these missions are so much work and so hard that you have to find ways of enjoying them as well. Our esteemed Dr Adam Steltzner’s got a pretty awesome rockabilly hairdo. One of our other Entry, Descent and Landing people from NASA Langley Research Center has a little red streak going on in her hair. So we have all types. Obviously, we have more typical looks as well. But I think for people here, diversity is really valued. What it really boils down to is we admire each other for the work we do.” – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory flight director Bobak Ferdowsi, to the Los Angeles Times, on his mohawk that became a Mars rover rave.
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