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“Dare mighty things”: the coded message that Internet users believe they have deciphered on the Perseverance parachute

The world has its eyes set on Perseverance’s journey on Martian soil. The NASA rover has become a phenomenon of popularity on Twitter, sometimes responding to messages from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, sometimes sharing unpublished sounds and videos from the Red Planet. “Dare mighty things”: this is the phrase that serves as a motto for the adventures of the American mission in the rusty world and that, in Portuguese, can be translated into “Dare powerful things”.

After sharing an audio that reveals the sounds of the Martian environment with the world, NASA also released a historic video that shows the process of the robot’s descent and landing in the Jezero crater.

And it was a small step for internet users to jump from the visualization of images to the theories of a subliminal message encoded in the parachute that served to stop a descent at 20 thousand kilometers per hour and enable the “packing” of the robot vehicle, equipped with the mini helicopter “Ingenuity”.

There are many users who, on social networks and on Reddit, claim to have deciphered an encrypted message, through binary code, on the parachute with red and white lists.

Internet ‘researchers’ argue that the red bands correspond to number one and the white ones symbolize zero.

During the live stream of the Perseverance rover descent, a NASA commentator said that sometimes they are left “Messages at work for others to find”.

In addition to the hidden message, netizens believe that the coordinates 34º11’58N 118º10’31W, which correspond to the location of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where the mission was conceived, can be found on the parachute.

The same phrase had already been used during the Curiosity mission and is taken from a speech by former US President Theodore Roosevelt, delivered in 1899: “It is much better to dare powerful things, to win glorious triumphs, even if oppressed by failure, than align yourself with those poor spirits who do not enjoy or suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat ”.

Theories aside, it is known that Perseverance carries several messages, including the names of almost 11 million citizens and an aluminum plate with the engraving of Asclepius, Greek god of Medicine, holding the planet Earth, which may symbolize a tribute to health professionals who are at the forefront of combating the pandemic.


Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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