Mars Rover’s Giant Parachute Carried Secret Message – NBC10 Boston Weirdness Wednesdays February 24, 2021

I saw this recently – Mars Rover’s Giant Parachute Carried Secret MessageNBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com/news/national-international/mars-rovers-giant-parachute-carried-secret-message/2311178/. It’s a longer article, but here’s enough to give you some basic information. Includes a video clip. Thought this was a good Weirdness Wednesday post.

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By Marcia Dunn • Published February 23, 2021

The huge parachute used by NASA’s Perseverance rover to land on Mars contained a secret message, thanks to a puzzle lover on the spacecraft team.

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

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Only about six people knew about the encoded message before Thursday’s landing, according to Clark. They waited until the parachute images came back before putting out a teaser during a televised news conference Monday.

It took just a few hours for space fans to figure it out, Clark said. Next time, he noted, “I’ll have to be a little bit more creative.”

“Dare Mighty Things” — a line from President Theodore Roosevelt — is a mantra at JPL and adorns many of the center’s walls. The trick was “trying to come up with a way of encoding it but not making it too obvious,” Clark said.

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