Mars Landing Video


Amazing video.

The parachute markings spell out JPL in morse code.

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The secret message has been cracked...

It was curiosity that had JPL in morse code, imprinted in the pattern on the wheels.. not the perserverence parachute after all.

This isn't the first time that JPL engineers have snuck a secret message onto another planet.

Tiny holes dotted the hollow, aluminum wheels of the agency's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012 and continues to explore the Red Planet to this day. These holes served an important purpose by allowing Martian pebbles to fall through instead of getting trapped in the vehicle's wheels, but the holes also spelled out a secret message: "JPL" in Morse code. So, as the rover drives around the surface of Mars it imprints "JPL" in Morse code into the Martian terrain as it goes.