The white and white parachute with which the Perseverance robot landed on the surface of Mars caught the attention of Internet users, who claim that they have deciphered a “hidden message” from NASA.
According to the Guardian, Reddit users believe that the parachute pattern encodes the phrase “Dare Mighty Tnings” which comes from a speech by Theodore Roosevelt and is used as a slogan in the Aerothic Laboratory. of NASA, where the wheeled robot was developed.
The parachute appears to be divided into three rings in which the red color represents the number one and the white the zero. The message is hidden in the inner ring, with each strip of the parachute corresponding to a digit.
looks like «dare mighty things» is the parachute code from the @NASAJPL perseverance rover
the phrase is on signs all around JPL (e.g. the EDL War Room)
redditor, /u/rdtwt1, put together a python script for the solve
I added some comments and a diagram to explain what the code https://t.co/w67mRey5Bl pic.twitter.com/ulUdtX5Uco
— adithya (@adithya_balaji) February 23, 2021
For example, seven white stripes, one red and then two more white stripes encode the sequence 0000000100 denoting 4 in the binary system. If we add the number 64 we end up with 68, the ASCII code for the letter D.
The outer ring also seems to hide a message, the geographical coordinates of the JPL: 34 ° 11’58 “N 118 ° 10’31” W.
The color pattern certainly had a technical significance, as it allowed the Control Center to make sure the parachute was deployed without confusion.
It is a fact, however, that the phrase in question can be seen on the wall of the JPL hall from where the people in charge of the mission watched the landing operation last Thursday.
– NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 19, 2021
During the live broadcast, a NASA commentator said: “Sometimes we leave messages in our work for others to find. We invite you to make an effort. “
NASA has also used the slogan in posts on Perseverance’s Twitter account as well as in a 2013 video for the Curiopsity robot, which was titled Dare Mighty Things.
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