'Dare Mighty Things': Secret message on Mars rover's giant parachute has been decoded
The world watched on with bated breath as NASA took a giant leap towards the exploration of the red planet.The space agency on Monday released the first-of-its-kind audio and video recording from the Perseverence Rover that landed on Mars.The recording is of a faint crackling of a gust of wind that was captured by the rover. In addition, the space agency also released a full video of the rover landing on Mars. According to an AFP report, a microphone malfunctioned during the rover's descent. But it was able to record audio after landing on Mars. The 6-second recording has now been shared on social media.A high-definition video clip, lasting 25-seconds, showed the deployment of a parachute and the heat shield dropping away after protecting the rover during its entry into the Mars atmosphere. The video also showed the rover's touchdown in a cloud of dust in the Jezero Crater."What you hear there 10 seconds in is an actual wind gust on the surface of Mars picked up by the microphone and sent back to us here on Earth," said Dave Gruel, lead engineer for the camera and microphone system on Perseverance.The video of the rover landing on the red planet was seen by millions of people worldwide. However, there was more to the story.NASA officials later revealed that the Perseverence rover's giant parachute contained a hidden message that was written in binary computer code.But internet sleuths cracked the code just hours after the landing. The red and white pattern in concentric spelled out 'Dary Mighty Things', which happens to be the Perseverance team's motto. The words are also emblazoned on the walls of Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).Clark came up with the idea in 2019, which only six people in NASA knew about.It looks like the internet has cracked the code in something like 6 hours! Oh internet is there anything you can’t do? For those who just want to know: #Mars2020 #CountdownToMars pic.twitter.com/yTJCEnbuLYThe binary secret message on the parachute was conceptualised by Systems engineer Ian Clark.He used a binary code to spell out 'Dare Mighty Things; in orange and white stripes of the 21-metre parachute. That's not all that he did.Clark also included the GPS coordinates (34°11’58” N 118°10’31” W) for the JPL in Pasadena, California.The landing lead for Perseverance, Allen Chen, asked the public to decode the message during a press conference on Monday.“Sometimes we leave messages in our work for others to find for that purpose, so we invite you all to give it shot and show your work,” he said.