Mars landing: Space enthusiasts reveal hidden messages on the UK-made parachute of NASA’s Perseverance Rover Science & Tech News
Space enthusiasts claim they deciphered a hidden message on the UK-made parachute that helped NASA’s Perseverance rover land safely on Mars.
Twitter and Reddit users have said that the phrase “venture mighty things” was written on the parachute using a pattern that represents binary computer code.
The sentence comes from a speech given by former US President Theodore Roosevelt in 1899.
Former NASA intern Emily Calandrelli explained how the message was revealed after it was deciphered by Twitter colleague Abela Paf.
Ms. Calandrelli, who hosts science shows on Fox and Netflix, pointed out the pattern of the parachute when she said, “So if you look at the parachute, there are a lot of them – we call them columns going towards the center.
“There are also four main rings with different patterns. Think of a red position as a 1 and a white position as a 0.
“Ring by ring, put these numbers in groups of ten and think of them as a 10-bit pattern. That means that every position starting at the far right is an exponent of 2.
“2 to 0 is 1, this one is 2, this one is 4, 8 and so on. Add up all those numbers, this is this column.
“For the inner three rings, these numbers are assigned letters and that means ‘dare mighty things’.”
Ms. Calandrelli goes on to say that “dare mighty things” is a popular catchphrase at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where mission control is based.
After working out the coded message, Abela Paf had written: “Dare powerful things! Well done! @NASA @NASAPersevere.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “Looks like he dares to do powerful things,” is the parachute code of the endurance rover @NASAJPL.
“The sentence is on signs around JPL (e.g. in the EDL War Room).”
The parachute was made by Heathcoat Fabrics of Devon in the south west of England.
looks like “dare mighty things” is the parachute code from that @ NASAJPL Endurance Rover
The sentence is on signs around JPL (e.g. in the EDL War Room).
redditor, / u / rdtwt1, put together a Python script for the solution
I’ve added some comments and a diagram to explain the https://t.co/w67mRey5Bl code pic.twitter.com/ulUdtX5Uco
– adithya (@adithya_balaji) February 23, 2021
The pattern on the outer edge of the parachute is said to represent 34 ° 11’58 “N 118 ° 10’31” W – with the numbers indicating the geolocation code for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The pattern supposedly allows mission control to see at what angle the parachute was deployed and if it was twisted.
Allen Chen, a NASA systems engineer, said before the Perseverance rover landed on Mars last week: “It’s a feeling to be very happy in the end … that I can work in one place with people who are both great engineers and great people, and we can still do mighty things together.”
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