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- Oct 3, 2016
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30 years from now the dust accumulated in the various pans and heatshields all over the Martian surface will make for a very interesting bit of science.
Hey, if an original Saturn V rocket kit goes on EBay for $450, just think how much this stuff is gonna sell for when we finally colonize Mars? And if humans never get there but some intelligence either develops there or visits there, these will be valuable artifacts.I sorta hate that we are trashing up another planet, but have no better ideas for what to do about it.
I'm wondering if they made it more complicated than it actually needs to be to make themselves looks good.Dare Mighty Things
Social media users say message is encoded in red-and-white pattern on parachutewww.theguardian.com
"Internet sleuths claim to have decoded a hidden message displayed on the parachute that helped Nasa’s Perseverance Rover land safely on Mars last week. They claim that the phrase “Dare mighty things” – used as a motto by Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory – was encoded on the parachute using a pattern representing letters as binary computer code.
Reddit users and social media posters on Twitter noticed that the red-and-white pattern on the parachute looked deliberate, and arrived at the result by using the red to represent the figure one, and the white to represent zero.
Each of the concentric rings in the parachute’s pattern represents one of the words. The zeroes and ones need to be split up into chunks of 10 characters, and from that, adding 64 gives you the computer ASCII code representing a letter. For example, seven white stripes, a red stripe and then two more white stripes represents 0000000100, the binary for four. Adding 64 to that gives 68, the ASCII code for the letter D."
Good points. I don't think there are any Martians around curating the surface of the planet and our wastes are pretty few and far in between, for now. I'm just OCD. Pisses me off when drivers flick their cigarette butts out the window.Hey, if an original Saturn V rocket kit goes on EBay for $450, just think how much this stuff is gonna sell for when we finally colonize Mars? And if humans never get there but some intelligence either develops there or visits there, these will be valuable artifacts.
I mean, look here
Dinosaur or reptile coprolith Origin: Washington, USA Period: 150 million years Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.7 x 2 cm; 3.5 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm; 3.4 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm Weight: 46.18 g Coprolites are fossils of petrified excrement. The scale cube is 1 cm (not included in the sale). You can check out our other items...www.ebay.com
3 pieces of fossilized dinosaur poop for under $90 with shipping!
and if nobody ever gets to Mars, both practically and existentially what difference does it make? In 4.5 billion years (in the absence of divine intervention) the inner planets are going to be toast (or in the case of Mercury, Toastier!) anyway
Yeah, the explanation got lost in the sauce talking about ASCII. As you said, it's just straight alpha numeric substitution.I'm wondering if they made it more complicated than it actually needs to be to make themselves looks good.
Binary for four goes to D because D is the fourth letter of the alphabet. Looking at the parachute, the binary corresponds that way to all the other letters too.