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Nerds Unite And Solve The Hidden Message In The Mars Rover’s Parachute

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.

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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.”

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Messages of shock, awe, and support were expressed on Twitter.

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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.”

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NASA/JPL-Caltech, illustration of the rover landing

Perseverance is the first space mission since the 1970s that is searching for life on Mars. It is considered the most sophisticated rover that the space agency has ever built.

Watch the historic landing below:

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Written by Abigale Racine