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Perseverance Lander safe !!

Jaws

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Yes it is pretty extraordinary. Didn’t realise they are collecting samples to be retrieved and sent to earth by future missions.
How cool is that.
When you consider it takes about 11 minutes for a radio signal to get to or from Mars it shows just how much autonomy and computing was involved in the plan..
Maybe one day we ( as in the human race ) will see us crack FTL comms but I am pretty sure it will not be in my lifetime..
Then again, I never expected to see a mission supplying so much info about the red planet in my lifetime, so I guess anything is possible...
Quantum mechanics is a field almost too far for my mundane brain to grasp !
 

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The most tricky bit was reducing acceleration from thousands of metres/second in a very short time to land without smashing into the surface
 

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There was a 2 hour documentary on National Geographic 'Built for Mars' showing the actual hands on building of the rover from start to finish.
In a bid to prevent the contaminating of Mars or the samples they collect they assert that the Perseverance is the cleanest thing to have ever left Earth. Apparently a fingerprint weighs 50 micrograms, they were aiming for a cleanliness of less than 3 micrograms... Anyway its an interesting documentary if you get chance to see it.
 

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There was a 2 hour documentary on National Geographic 'Built for Mars' showing the actual hands on building of the rover from start to finish.
In a bid to prevent the contaminating of Mars or the samples they collect they assert that the Perseverance is the cleanest thing to have ever left Earth. Apparently a fingerprint weighs 50 micrograms, they were aiming for a cleanliness of less than 3 micrograms... Anyway its an interesting documentary if you get chance to see it.
Nice one. It’s on catchup and also being repeated at 13.00 tomorrow.

Not sure how I missed that!
 

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There was a 2 hour documentary on National Geographic 'Built for Mars' showing the actual hands on building of the rover from start to finish.
In a bid to prevent the contaminating of Mars or the samples they collect they assert that the Perseverance is the cleanest thing to have ever left Earth. Apparently a fingerprint weighs 50 micrograms, they were aiming for a cleanliness of less than 3 micrograms... Anyway its an interesting documentary if you get chance to see it.
Thanks for the heads up. Watched it yesterday, fascinating stuff.

I liked the fact that it looked like a lot of the tools they used to build it could have been taken from my garage!

Astonishing footage of the landing launched.


I hadn’t realised they have taken a drone with them that will be used for taking video over a wide area.

cool.
 

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So, NASA have managed to broadcast hi-quality images back to Earth from Mars, using some very impressive technology.

but, just suppose Percy has a bit of a dig around and actually finds proof positive of an alien life form, from even millennia ago - do you think they will announce it, straight away?
 

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So, NASA have managed to broadcast hi-quality images back to Earth from Mars, using some very impressive technology.

but, just suppose Percy has a bit of a dig around and actually finds proof positive of an alien life form, from even millennia ago - do you think they will announce it, straight away?
In an effort to distract us from Covid...? Oh yes.....
 

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the parachute for the Perseverance Mars probe was made by Heathcote Fabrics in Tiverton. What may be a surprise is the coloured stripes hid a code. I quote from MSN & Twitter:
"Nasa hid a secret code in its Mars landing – and the internet has already found it. The code was disguised in the red and white styling of the parachute that carried the Perseverance rover down to the surface, slowing it down so that it could make its soft landing. Ordinarily, the parachute would not even be seen by the public. But it was one of the stars of Nasa’s first ever detailed video of the landing, seen in cameras mounted on the rover and facing upwards.

At first, internet users noted that there seemed to be something strange about the red and white patterning on the parachute. Though they are usually striped, the stripes appeared to be organised in an unusual pattern, leading people to wonder whether there might be some logic behind it.

Just hours after it was spotted, internet users had worked out that logic, finding that it was in fact hiding a secret code related to Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is behind the mission.

It was first established that the striping was probably binary code: with the red representing ones and the white representing zeroes. That can then be used to represent letters or words, in the same way as it does with a computer.

Once the different red and white stripes – or bits, in computer speak, which can either be off or on – are broken up into ten character chunks and added to 64, they can be turned into letters. The first of the letters, for instance, was 0000000100, or four, which can be read as “D”, since that is the fourth letter in the alphabet.

That was the first of the letters solved. From there, the rest of the letters were filled in, and the wording emerged.

Abela Paf, who appears to have been the first person to crack the code, shared his working on Twitter. He said that he had found the explanation with his father.

The parachute, when decoded, reads “DARE MIGHTY THINGS”. That happens to be a key phrase at Nasa’s JPL, including on the wall in the room where

As already noted by @DBK the parachute for the Perseverance Mars probe was made by Heathcote Fabrics in Tiverton. What may be a surprise is the coloured stripes hid a code. I quote from MSN & Twitter:
"Nasa hid a secret code in its Mars landing – and the internet has already found it. The code was disguised in the red and white styling of the parachute that carried the Perseverance rover down to the surface, slowing it down so that it could make its soft landing. Ordinarily, the parachute would not even be seen by the public. But it was one of the stars of Nasa’s first ever detailed video of the landing, seen in cameras mounted on the rover and facing upwards.

At first, internet users noted that there seemed to be something strange about the red and white patterning on the parachute. Though they are usually striped, the stripes appeared to be organised in an unusual pattern, leading people to wonder whether there might be some logic behind it.

Just hours after it was spotted, internet users had worked out that logic, finding that it was in fact hiding a secret code related to Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is behind the mission.

It was first established that the striping was probably binary code: with the red representing ones and the white representing zeroes. That can then be used to represent letters or words, in the same way as it does with a computer.

Once the different red and white stripes – or bits, in computer speak, which can either be off or on – are broken up into ten character chunks and added to 64, they can be turned into letters. The first of the letters, for instance, was 0000000100, or four, which can be read as “D”, since that is the fourth letter in the alphabet.

That was the first of the letters solved. From there, the rest of the letters were filled in, and the wording emerged.

Abela Paf, who appears to have been the first person to crack the code, shared his working on Twitter. He said that he had found the explanation with his father.

The parachute, when decoded, reads “DARE MIGHTY THINGS”. That happens to be a key phrase at Nasa’s JPL, including on the wall in the room where mission controllers watched the landing."
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the parachute for the Perseverance Mars probe was made by Heathcote Fabrics in Tiverton. What may be a surprise is the coloured stripes hid a code. I quote from MSN & Twitter:
"Nasa hid a secret code in its Mars landing – and the internet has already found it. The code was disguised in the red and white styling of the parachute that carried the Perseverance rover down to the surface, slowing it down so that it could make its soft landing. Ordinarily, the parachute would not even be seen by the public. But it was one of the stars of Nasa’s first ever detailed video of the landing, seen in cameras mounted on the rover and facing upwards.

At first, internet users noted that there seemed to be something strange about the red and white patterning on the parachute. Though they are usually striped, the stripes appeared to be organised in an unusual pattern, leading people to wonder whether there might be some logic behind it.

Just hours after it was spotted, internet users had worked out that logic, finding that it was in fact hiding a secret code related to Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is behind the mission.

It was first established that the striping was probably binary code: with the red representing ones and the white representing zeroes. That can then be used to represent letters or words, in the same way as it does with a computer.

Once the different red and white stripes – or bits, in computer speak, which can either be off or on – are broken up into ten character chunks and added to 64, they can be turned into letters. The first of the letters, for instance, was 0000000100, or four, which can be read as “D”, since that is the fourth letter in the alphabet.

That was the first of the letters solved. From there, the rest of the letters were filled in, and the wording emerged.

Abela Paf, who appears to have been the first person to crack the code, shared his working on Twitter. He said that he had found the explanation with his father.

The parachute, when decoded, reads “DARE MIGHTY THINGS”. That happens to be a key phrase at Nasa’s JPL, including on the wall in the room where

As already noted by @DBK the parachute for the Perseverance Mars probe was made by Heathcote Fabrics in Tiverton. What may be a surprise is the coloured stripes hid a code. I quote from MSN & Twitter:
"Nasa hid a secret code in its Mars landing – and the internet has already found it. The code was disguised in the red and white styling of the parachute that carried the Perseverance rover down to the surface, slowing it down so that it could make its soft landing. Ordinarily, the parachute would not even be seen by the public. But it was one of the stars of Nasa’s first ever detailed video of the landing, seen in cameras mounted on the rover and facing upwards.

At first, internet users noted that there seemed to be something strange about the red and white patterning on the parachute. Though they are usually striped, the stripes appeared to be organised in an unusual pattern, leading people to wonder whether there might be some logic behind it.

Just hours after it was spotted, internet users had worked out that logic, finding that it was in fact hiding a secret code related to Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is behind the mission.

It was first established that the striping was probably binary code: with the red representing ones and the white representing zeroes. That can then be used to represent letters or words, in the same way as it does with a computer.

Once the different red and white stripes – or bits, in computer speak, which can either be off or on – are broken up into ten character chunks and added to 64, they can be turned into letters. The first of the letters, for instance, was 0000000100, or four, which can be read as “D”, since that is the fourth letter in the alphabet.

That was the first of the letters solved. From there, the rest of the letters were filled in, and the wording emerged.

Abela Paf, who appears to have been the first person to crack the code, shared his working on Twitter. He said that he had found the explanation with his father.

The parachute, when decoded, reads “DARE MIGHTY THINGS”. That happens to be a key phrase at Nasa’s JPL, including on the wall in the room where mission controllers watched the landing."
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Bollox.

It actually reads, " Reward if found" on one side and "How's my landing.? TEL: 01 0101 10101" on the other.
 

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I had a friend who visited NASA some years ago, and he recounted a story about some people he met while there. They were so proud of the company they worked for, regardless of their position. Even a janitor proudly told him that he was part of the team that worked to put a man into space.
 
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