The Artemis I mission is now at the finish line – the Orion spacecraft has successfully flown past the Moon twice and is returning to Earth. During the mission, the space agency broadcasts a video from inside the capsule, which even hosted a disco-style party last week. But take a close look at the photo taken from inside Orion – can you notice hidden secrets on it?
NASA has placed several “Easter eggs” (hidden secrets) around the capsule, which everyone can unravel if you look closely. Don’t just focus on cool equipment, including Alexa’s virtual assistant in the center, riddles are scattered everywhere. The Space Agency does not specify exactly how many and what things can be found there, so you will have to look for them with your own hands. We also do not yet have complete solutions, only assumptions that may be more or less reasonable when it comes to their actual meaning.
NASA will announce a list of puzzles and their complete solution on December 10 – the day before Orion lands in the Pacific Ocean. You can find a full-resolution image of the capsule on NASA’s Flickr page. If you haven’t seen anything special, below we have prepared some of the clues to these “Easter eggs”.
The dots and dashes in the center of the image are Morse code, which should be read as -.-./…./.-/.-./.-../../. and that translates as “Charlie.” This is probably a reference to Charlie Brown, the main character in the Peanuts comic book series. The fact is that the Snoopy toy on board Orion is the mascot of the mission and an indicator of microgravity, which is also one of the characters of the famous comic book.
Note with hyphens and letters – the note says CBAGF and it has three dashes of the same size above the first three letters, then the short one over G and the longest one over F. This is a musical notation – the first five notes to the song Fly Me To The Moon, written by Bart Howard for his 58-year-old partner Thomas Fowler.
The sticker with the red bird – we think it’s a reference to the Eagle, the lunar module that took Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the Moon. “The eagle has landed,” Armstrong told NASA on July 20, 1969.
A digital row on the wall above Snoopy. There are numbers in the first line 1, 31, 32, 33, 34, 39. In the next line, starting under 31, there are 41, 45, 46, 47, 49. Perhaps these are the coordinates of Orion’s entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, or its final point of descent in the Pacific Ocean.
Other hidden mysteries and their solutions will be reported by NASA this weekend.
Earlier we showed how Orion took farewell photos of the Moon from the Artemis I mission.
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