Inspiration4 He is already in space, spending the first hours of a mission that will last three days. Therefore, we still have news to receive about the four civilian crew members traveling on board: Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor, Chris Sembrosky and Hayley Arcenaux. But, in the meantime, we can get to know other data. For example, the meaning of the mysterious hidden message found in some of the official photos published by Spacex.
In fact, it is becoming fashionable lately to hide phrases in images or components of missions. For example, in the parachute used by Perseverance To perch on Mars, a phrase pronounced many years ago by Theodore Roosevelt.
But the binary was not the code used by SpaceX. Elon Musk’s company has opted for the Morse code, so to find it you have to look at the dots and stripes that supposedly randomly decorated the wall seen in the background of the photographs.
What do you put in the hidden message of Inspiration4?
As always, it has been the Internet users who have noticed the hidden message. Admittedly, this was perhaps a bit simpler than Perseverance’s, since the dot-and-line patterns could basically be identified with the Morse code.
The hidden message is made up of two words in Latin
Of course, it was not a long message, but a short phrase repeated over and over, only with an i in the middle. The first to notice, or at least post it, were the users behind a Reddit page called SpaceXLounge.
The message in question had two words: Ad Astra. It means “To the stars” in Latin and is part of the Latin motto “Per ardua ad astra” or, what is the same, “Through adversity to the stars.”
And, in case there is any doubt, one of the Inspiration4 crew, Dr. Sian Proctor, confirmed the suspicions with a Twitter post in which just those two words in Latin could be read, without further explanation to accompany them.
And there the four members of the mission are already, circling the Earth immersed in a sea of stars. In a few days we will know how the experience has been for them. In the meantime, we can kill time looking for someone else hidden message by SpaceX. Who knows? Perhaps there is one more that has gone unnoticed by the millions of attentive eyes that populate the Internet.