“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure … than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”Teddy Roosevelt’s “Strenuous Life” speech
“DARE MIGHTY THINGS”… this is JPL’s moto and that same phrase at the background of Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover’s control room. Mighty it was and daring it has been. Now 135 hours on Mars since landing, Perseverance rover staying put as of the moment and settling in it’s new home.
Keeping sight of home
Team at JPL have devised clever ways leaving cryptic messages for us to decode. It’s a subtle message that most of us are not aware and really not paying attention of. (Well, with excitement during Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover’s landing, no one can blame us really).
The Parachute on NASA’s Perseverance rover is a very familiar color tones for a parachute. But the scheme of encoding a message is very clever that you have to dust up your ASCII knowledge in order for you to decode. Some have come lengths of serious spreadsheet donut chart to extract the message. Others are quite a coder with python scripts.
What’s the intent?
Technically, the inner portion is where JPL’s moto is (that is…”DARE MIGHTY THING”). The outer portion is what strike me most for it is the coordinate of the Perseverance Rover’s birthplace. The outer band is a GPS coordinates for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where the rover was built and the project is managed. It strike me most as Perseverance rover descends on Mars, the Parachute is somehow blocking it’s view when looking back to outer space and hoping to get glimpse of Earth. The coordinate is a rear view mirror, telling Percy. This was home.
Journey to a new home
When you are about to travel, it’s natural to feel excited. Excited of the new scenery, adventure of exploring new sites and meeting new faces. Gone and away from home for 1, 2 weeks… some of us may have experience more. But, eventually, we have to “circle back” into our default location…and that is our “homes”.
How far maybe the destination. May it be a shift to a new location and leaving the previous. There’s always this invisible connection of where we were… and intangible thread that wherever your occupancy is, your “true north” will always point you to “home”.
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