NASA recently released video footage of the rover Perseverance deploying its parachute, touching down on Mars, a huge moment for space exploration. The video was accompanied with a challenge from NASA’s Director and Mission Lead, Allen Chen.
Chen shared there was a message written in binary code, well-hidden in the orange and white stripes of the parachute.
“We invite you all to give it a shot and show your work.”Allen Chen, NASA Director and Mission Lead
This led the Internet into a frenzy, encouraging people to decode the hidden message.
It took one internet dweller a whole six hours to crack the code—“Dare mighty things.”
Messages of shock, awe, and support were expressed on Twitter.
It turns out the phrase is an excerpt from a Teddy Roosevelt speech.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure.”Teddy Roosevelt