NASA coders hid an Easter egg in the colored pattern of Persevere’s parachute

“We identified a 10 bit pattern in the circles” of Persevere’s parachute that spells out “Dare Mighty Things”
The GPS coordinates encoded in the parachute point to the location of the Jet Propulsion Lab
And here’s a good graphic showing the layout of the de-coded message on the @NASAPersevere’s parachute
And here’s a great video explaining how to decipher the 10-bit message in the Easter egg
Systems engineer Ian Clark created Easter egg in Perseverance parachute. “Clark, a crossword hobbyist, came up with the idea 2 yrs ago. Engineers wanted an unusual pattern in the nylon fabric to know how the parachute was oriented during descent.” Only six people knew about it.

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