Mars rover’s large parachute carried secret message

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Mars rover’s large parachute carried secret message

The large parachute utilized by NASA’s Perseverance rover to land on Mars contained a secret message, due to a puzzle lover on the spacecraft group.

Programs engineer Ian Clark used a binary code to spell out “Dare Mighty Issues” within the orange and white strips of the 70-foot (21-meter) parachute. He additionally included the GPS coordinates for the mission’s headquarters on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Clark, a crossword hobbyist, got here up with the concept two years in the past. Engineers wished an uncommon sample within the nylon cloth to know the way the parachute was oriented throughout descent. Turning it right into a secret message was “tremendous enjoyable,” he stated Tuesday.

Solely about six individuals knew concerning the encoded message earlier than Thursday’s touchdown, based on Clark. They waited till the parachute photos got here again earlier than placing out a teaser throughout a televised information convention Monday.

It took only a few hours for area followers to determine it out, Clark stated. Subsequent time, he famous, “I’ll should be a bit bit extra artistic.”

“Dare Mighty Issues” — a line from President Theodore Roosevelt — is a mantra at JPL and adorns most of the middle’s partitions. The trick was “making an attempt to provide you with a manner of encoding it however not making it too apparent,” Clark stated.

As for the GPS coordinates, the spot is 10 toes (three meters) from the doorway to JPL’s customer middle.

One other added contact not broadly recognized till landing: Perseverance bears a plaque depicting all 5 of NASA’s Mars rovers in growing dimension through the years — just like the household automotive decals seen on Earth.

Deputy challenge supervisor Matt Wallace guarantees extra so-called hidden Easter eggs. They need to be seen as soon as Perseverance’s 7-foot (2-meter) arm is deployed in a couple of days and begins photographing beneath the automobile, and once more when the rover is driving in a pair weeks.

“Positively, positively ought to preserve a very good lookout,” he urged.

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