Joey Roulette, writing for The Verge:
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
The parachute’s outer ring appears to translate to coordinates for
JPL: 34°11′58″ N 118°10′31″ W.
Tonya Fish posted a handy guide on Twitter (also available as a PDF) explaining how the code works. (Via Kottke.)
Seems sad to me that NASA and JPL are willing to have some fun with clever Easter eggs with a Mars rover, yet Apple, of all companies, no longer does any Easter eggs at all. Computers are supposed to be fun.
★ Wednesday, 24 February 2021