There’s a hidden message in the parachute of NASA’s Mars rover | The Verge

Mars_Perseverance_EAF_0002_0667110418_573ECV_N0010052EDLC00002_0010LUJ01.0 There’s a hidden message in the parachute of NASA’s Mars rover | The Verge
The view of NASA’s Perseverance rover looking up at its parachute, which reads “Dare Mighty Things” in a hidden code, while zooming through the Martian atmosphere before landing. | Image: NASA / JPL

The parachute that helped NASA’s Perseverance rover land on Mars last week unfurled to reveal a seemingly random pattern of colors in video clips of the rover’s landing. But there was more to the story: NASA officials later said it contained a hidden message written in binary computer code.

Internet sleuths cracked the message within hours. The red and white pattern spelled out “Dare Mighty Things” in concentric rings. The saying is the Perseverance team’s motto, and it is also emblazoned on the walls of Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the mission team’s Southern California headquarters.

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