Cape Town, Florida (Associated Press)-As a result of a fascination with the spacecraft team, NASA’s Perseverance Rover landed on Mars with a huge parachute containing a secret message.
System engineer Ian Clark used binary code to spell out “something to take risks” in the orange and white strips of a 70-foot (21-meter) parachute. He also provided GPS coordinates for the mission headquarters of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Crossword enthusiast Clark (Clark) came up with this idea two years ago. The engineers wanted unusual patterns on the nylon fabric to understand the direction of the parachute during the descent. He said on Tuesday that converting it into secret information is “super fun.”
According to Clark, only about six people knew the encoded news before landing on Thursday. They waited until the image of the parachute came back before releasing the trailer at a TV press conference on Monday.
Clark said it took space fans only a few hours to solve it. He pointed out that next time, “I must become more creative.”
President Theodore Roosevelt’s line “Dare to be the first” was the mantra of JPL and decorated many of the walls in the center. The trick is to “try to come up with an encoding method, but don’t make it too obvious,” Clark said.
As for GPS coordinates, the point is 10 feet (3 meters) from the entrance of the JPL Visitor Center.
Another touch that is not widely known until the touchdown: Perseverance is engraved with a nameplate depicting the increasing size of all five NASA Mars rover over the years, similar to the decals of family cars on Earth.
Deputy project manager Matt Wallace promised to provide more so-called hidden Easter eggs. Once Perseverance’s 7-foot (2 meter) arms are deployed within a few days and start taking pictures under the vehicle, and when the mobile vehicle is driving within a few weeks, they should be visible.
He urged: “We should definitely maintain good vigilance.”
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