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Windows 7: Inside joke is hidden in the wheels of Mars Curiosity rover

17 Aug 2012   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 
Inside joke is hidden in the wheels of Mars Curiosity rover

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At least one design element of the Mars Curiosity rover–its wheels–combine function and whimsy, as they contain an inside joke.
Find out what it is:

Geek Trivia: What inside joke is hidden in the wheels of the Mars Curiosity rover? | TechRepublic
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17 Aug 2012   #2
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

So you don't have to read the article: The wheels have irregularly spaced holes so the tread can be used to measure distances in photographs. The holes are in the form of Morse code, and spell "JPL" in honor of Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
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17 Aug 2012   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just a little for those of you that don't know the code.
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18 Aug 2012   #4
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Just a little for those of you that don't know the code.

For those who don't use morse code much - like around 99.9% of us - an easy way to work out what is what is to match opposite pairs - such etimsoh, anudvb, rkpx, etc. although it is a little messy for some of them.

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18 Aug 2012   #5
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
So you don't have to read the article: The wheels have irregularly spaced holes so the tread can be used to measure distances in photographs. The holes are in the form of Morse code, and spell "JPL" in honor of Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
So the first advertising hits Mars - is nothing sacred [joke] ....
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18 Aug 2012   #6
Chilidawg

windows 7 professional 64-bit
 
 

I used to be able to copy 20 or so words per minute. I should get back into it again.

73
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18 Aug 2012   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I was a Radio Man on a old submarine (Boat) U.S. Navy. Morse Code was 99% of all incoming and outgoing traffic. I still tap out code when seeing things on T.V. or signs in the places I go. It has been mentioned to me when in such places. Layback Bear your tapping again and I quiet. Habit
Yes submarines are called Boats. The one below is a Smoke Boat or Pig Boat. WWII vintage.
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