Gershon Hepner
Gershon Hepner

The Two Mars Rovers and the Torah

We’re told that NASA scientists have most bizarrely written on two rovers,
Perseverance and Ingenuity, which both have on Mars’s surface landed,
coded messages that echo those some claim to have decrypted in Jehovah’s
great rover called the Torah, sent from heaven, as the rabbis say they understand it.

NASA scientists seem to have created vehicles that are a metaphor
for the holy Torah’s medium where the message is a coded letter for
the people who can read it as they do in parchment scrolls and printed books,
discovering the ideas attached via exegetically decoded hooks.

Gershon Hepner


In “NASA Sent a Secret Message to Mars. Meet the People Who Decoded It: Engineers hinted they had hidden a code in the parachute that landed the Perseverance rover. Within hours, puzzle enthusiasts cracked it,” NYT, 2/24/21, Kenneth Chang writes:

As NASA’s Perseverance rover fell through the Martian atmosphere last week, a video camera on the spacecraft captured the breakneck deployment of its parachute, which was decorated with splotches of reddish orange and white.

Those splotches were a secret message.

During a news conference Monday, Allen Chen, the engineer in charge of the landing system, narrated what could be seen and learned in the slowed-down video.

He added, cryptically and nonchalantly, that his team hoped to inspire others. “Sometimes we leave messages in our work for others to find for that purpose,” he said. “So we invite you all to give it a shot and show your work.”

About the Author
Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored "Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel." He can be reached at
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