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There's a Hidden Binary Message on Perseverance's Mars Parachute

There's a Hidden Binary Message on Perseverance's Mars Parachute

NASA released stunning new footage of the Perseverance rover’s touchdown on the surface of Mars on Monday, revealing the robot’s skyward view of the supersonic parachute that allowed it to slow down enough to safely land on the red planet. In addition to the general awe of witnessing the final descent to an alien planet, the video contained a hidden message: keen-eyed space enthusiasts on social media noticed that the parachute displayed an unusual red-and-white pattern. AdvertisementTo the delight of the subreddit r/nasa, redditors and others online were able to decode the pattern as a deliberate message written in a parachute version of binary code. The supersonic easter egg reads “dare mighty things”: the motto of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), home of the Perseverance mission team. A Twitter user who also cracked the code posted an explanation adding that the large sections of 1s (all red) could be ignored.