Sylvie, I am curious what you think of the story. He's not hip and he may not be a hipster.
Perhaps it's a generational thing but anyone that old with earings on is either trying to be hip, once was hip and trying to keep up with hipness or is really for his age a hipster.
But what really qualifies the guy for hipsterdom in my book is what he's doing. Anyone that can get a robot to land on some planet gazzilion of miles away is doggone hip as far as I am concerned.
I agree with this Sylvie Barak. To further this point, go to http://hipsterorhomeless.com/. It will show you the true hipsterdom.
And, I'm sorry but the whole hipster thing is taking away from the actual heart of this article. I think you might mean "Adam Steltzner, NASA's hippest rocket engineer."
That guy looks a bit slick to be a hipster. Earrings don't really have anything to do with being or not being a hipster, but that guy's shirt looks far too crisp, and his hair far too gelled and styled to fit the title. Hipsters are typically ruffled, scruffy, unstyled, and the stereotypical ones wear oversized horn rimmed glasses, ironic tshirts and disheveled scarves. Sorry, Adam,you're just not hipster material.