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Do you know Mars rover’s big parachute carried secret message and house fans cracked it inside just a few hours?


Cape Canaveral: 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 crew.

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-metre) 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 thought two years in the past. Engineers wished an uncommon sample within the nylon cloth to understand how the parachute was oriented throughout descent. Turning it right into a secret message was ‘tremendous enjoyable’, he mentioned Tuesday.

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

It took just some hours for house followers to determine it out, Clark mentioned. “Subsequent time, he famous, I am going to must be a little bit bit extra inventive.”

‘Dare Mighty Issues’, a line from President Theodore Roosevelt is a mantra at JPL and adorns lots of the centre’s partitions. The trick was “attempting to give you a means of encoding it however not making it too apparent,” Clark mentioned.

As for the GPS coordinates, the spot is 10 ft (three metres) from the doorway to JPL’s customer centre. One other added contact not extensively recognized till landing: Perseverance bears a plaque depicting all 5 of NASA’s Mars rovers in rising dimension over time, just like the household automotive decals seen on Earth.

Deputy undertaking supervisor Matt Wallace guarantees extra so-called hidden Easter eggs. They need to be seen as soon as Perseverance’s 7-foot (2-metre) arm is deployed in just a few days and begins photographing underneath the car, and once more when the rover is driving in a few weeks.

“Positively, positively ought to maintain an excellent lookout,” he urged.

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