Internet internationals claim to have decoded a hidden message displayed on a parachute that helped NASA’s persistent rover land safely on Mars last week. They claim that the phrase “Dare powerful things” – used as a motto by NASA’s jet lab – is coded on a parachute using a pattern that represents the letters as binary computer code.
Reddit users and posters on social networks on Twitter noticed that the abstract red-and-white pattern on the parachute looked intentional and that they came to the result in red as a figure, and white as zero.
Each of the concentric rings in the parachute pattern represents one of the words. Zeros and ones should be divided into parts of 10 characters, and by adding 64 you get a computer ASCII code that represents a letter. For example, seven white stripes, a red stripe, and then two more white stripes represent 0000000100, binary for four. If you add 64 to that, you get 68, ASCII code D.
It is also believed that the pattern on the outer edge of the parachute represents 34 ° 11’58 ”N 118 ° 10’31” W, the geographic code for the jet propulsion laboratory, which performed most of the work on perseverance.
The origin of the phrase is the speech of Theodore Roosevelt in 1899, in which he said: he lives in a gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. “
The challenge was set by NASA itself. Although the pattern has a scientific purpose – it allows mission control to see the angle at which a parachute is set and whether it has twisted – during a live broadcast discussing landing, one NASA commentator said: “Sometimes we leave messages in our work for others to find. So, we invite you all to try and show your work. “
NASA has previously used the phrase in connection with its missions to Mars. In 2013, he released a trailer for the Curiosity rover mission video called “Dare sili things”. The current mission also used a phrase in tweets that signify a successful landing.
The hi-tech fabric that makes up the parachute was created in Devon, emphasizing the international nature of the effort to maintain perseverance on the red planet. Heathcoat Fabrics of Tiverton said they were “very, very proud of the achievement”, with Peter Hill, the director of the woven fabrics department, saying it was 15 years of work.
The company’s technical director, Richard Crane, told the BBC: “It’s an incredibly emotional moment when you know that millions of people around the world are holding their breath waiting for news of a successful touch and that part of that success is the effort of our fantastic team here in Tiverton. “
This is not the only hidden message carried by Perseverance Rover. Among the “Easter eggs” that NASA put on the vehicle, there are special microchips bearing 10.9 million names and 155 essays sent to the space agency as part of the competition for sending names to Mars or for naming the rover itself.
The vehicle also contains a reference to the Pavidemia Covid, which influenced the preparation and conduct of the mission here on Earth. The aluminum plate on the rover bears a picture of Asclepius’ staff, an ancient Greek symbol for healing and medicine, which supports the Earth, as part of the work of the first medical workers during the pandemic.