Dare Mighty Things

When NASA's Perseverance rover made its daring descent into the Mars atmosphere you might have noticed that its parachute bore an unusual arrangement of red and white chevrons.  That pattern, it turns out, was not random at all, but a hidden code.  Taken from a 1899 speech by American president Theodore Roosevelt the parachute was adorned by a beautifully uplifting binary message translated as "Dare Mighty Things", the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's motto.

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