Space enthusiasts claim to have decoded a hidden message on a British-made parachute that helped NASA’s persistent rover safely land on Mars.
Twitter and Reddit users said the phrase “dare the powerful things” was written on the umbrella using a pattern that represented a computer binary code.
The phrase goes back to a speech given in 1899 by former US President Theodore Roosevelt.
Emily Calandrelli, a former NASA intern, explained how the message was exposed after it was decoded by fellow Twitter user Abela Paf.
Ms. Calandrelli, who hosts science shows on Fox and Netflix, referred to the canopy pattern as she said: “If you look at the canopy, there are many of these parachutes – we’ll call them poles pointing towards the center.
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“Ring with a loop, put these numbers in groups of 10 and consider them a pattern of 10 bits. What that means is each position, starting from the far right is the exponent of 2.
“2 to 0 is 1, this is 2, this is 4, 8 and so on. Add up all these numbers, this is this column.
“For the inner three rings, these numbers are linked to the letters and this illustrates” I dare to great things. “
Ms. Calandrelli goes on to say that “Daring over things” is a common mantra at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where mission control is centered.
Abela Pave had written after writing the coded message: “Dare the mighty things! Well done! @ NASANASAPersevere.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “It appears that the word ‘dare mighty’ is the parachute symbol from @ NASAJPL perseverance rover.
“The phrase is written on signs throughout the JPL (such as the war room in the EDL).”
The umbrella was made by Heathcote Fabrics and based in Devon in southwest England.
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The pattern on the outer edge of the parachute was reported to represent 34 ° 11’58 ‘N 118 ° 10’31’ W – with the numbers giving the geolocation code for the JPL in Pasadena, California.
Reportedly, the pattern allows Mission Control to know the angle at which the parachute was deployed and whether it was twisted.
Allen Chen, NASA Systems Engineer, said before the rover It landed on Mars last week: “It feels very lucky in the end … to work in a place with people who are great engineers and great people, and we still dare to do great things together.”