The scientist then added GPS coordinates to the Jet Center Laboratory of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (Pasadena, California), where the Perseverance mission is located. The AP agency reported it.
Clark had the idea two years ago. The engineers wanted to have an unusual pattern on the parachute’s nylon fabric so they could better observe the direction the parachute was pointing during as it descended to the planet’s surface. Making a secret message about it was, in Clark’s words, “a lot of fun.”
According to Clark, only six people knew the encrypted message. They then waited until the images of the parachute were released before alluding to the coded message during a television conference on Monday.
But people interested in the space only took a few hours to decipher the message. “Next time I’ll have to be a little more creative,” the engineer complained with a smile.
The words “Dare to do great things,” uttered by U.S. 26th President Theodor Roosevelt, are the motto of the JPL lab and adorn the walls of its center in many places.