Space enthusiasts claim that NASA has deciphered a hidden message on a British-made parachute that helped the Perseverance rover safely land on Mars.
Twitter and Reddit users said the phrase “dare powerful things” was written on the parachute using a model that represents binary computer code.
The statement is based on a speech by former US president Theodore Roosevelt in 1899.
Former NASA intern Emily Calandrelli explained how the message came about after it was deciphered by Twitter user Abela Paf.
Pointing to the parachute model, Ms. Calandrelli, who hosts science shows on Fox and Netflix, said: “If you look at the parachute, there are many of them – we’ll call them pillars heading towards the center.
“There are also four main rings with different patterns. Think of the red position 1 and the white position 0.
“Ring to loop, put these numbers in groups of 10 and think of them as a 10-bit pattern. This means that each position starting from the far right is the power of 2.
“The 0 of 2 is 1, that’s 2, that’s 4, 8, etc. Add all these numbers, this is the column.”
“For the inner three rings, these numbers match the letters, and that means ‘dare the mighty’.”
Ms Calandrelli goes on to say that “dare the strongest” was a popular slogan at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where mission control is based.
Abela Paf wrote after preparing the coded message: “Challenge powerful things! Well done! @NASA @NASAPersevere.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “It looks like ‘dare strong things’ @NASAJPL is the parachute code of persistence navigator.
“The expression is on signs all over the JPL (eg EDL Combat Room).”
The parachute was made by Devon-based Heathcoat Fabrics in southwestern England.
It seems that “dare strong things”, @NASAJPL persistence traveler
this phrase is on signs all over the JPL (e.g. EDL War Room)
redditor, / u / rdtwt1, create a python script for solution
I’ve added some comments and a diagram to explain what the code is https://t.co/w67mRey5Bl pic.twitter.com/ulUdtX5Uco
– adithya (@adithya_balaji) 23 February 2021
The pattern on the outer edge of the parachute is reported to represent 34 ° 11’58 “N 118 ° 10’31” B – numbers giving the geographic location code for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The model reportedly allows mission control to see at what angle the parachute is deployed and whether it is bent.
NASA systems engineer Allen Chen in front of the Perseverance navigator landed on mars last week: “The feeling that I am very lucky in the end … I started working somewhere with people who are both great engineers and great people and yet we dare to do powerful things together.”