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Lets Solve Hackaday.com/Space!

I figured I would start a project to crack the mystery that is hackaday.com/space.

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This project was created on 04/08/2014 and last updated 11 months ago.

Description
On April 1st (april fools day) Hackaday redirected visitors to a mysterious screen (seen at hackaday.com/space) that is obviously part of a prank/easter egg hunt/fun adventure. I figured we could log our progress cracking this mystery here. If you would like to be a project contributor, just let me know and I will add you.

Please post any new findings in the comments so I can make updates as we progress. I will also make you a contributor to help move this thing along!
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  • Well that was fun :)

    11 months ago • 2 comments

    For those of you who have not noticed, Hack A Day announced the Hackaday.io/prize competition to go to space! They have also been explaining in HaD posts how this whole hackaday.com/space ARG was a "pre-game party" for the announcement of their competition to go to space! Pretty sweet if you ask me. This will likely be the last project log, I just wanted to have one last update to conclude things for anyone reading this in the future.

    Hack A Day Official Explanations of ARG Transmissions:

  • Spoiler - Final Transmission - Major Tom's Diary

    11 months ago • 0 comments

    For those who do not have Minecraft. (This was posted in the comments and taken from http://pastebin.com/JjmKfR6e)

    1:

    Herein are the

    Cronicles of

    Major

    Joshua

    Tesla

    Tom

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    2: No sooner do I publish details about my launch vehicle do I get slapped with a patent warning. Really, having the engine on the bottom of the rocket is patented?

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    3: I have come up with a brilliant solution. While the current situation prevents me from putting the engines at the bottom of the rocket, the language used in the previous patents say nothing about putting the engines at the top of the rocket.

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    4: I have moved the engines to the top, and the capsule to the bottom. Of course the vehicle will be rotated for launch, but all is well. In keeping with the patent warnings, I have now rotated all diagrams 180 degrees.

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    5: The new vehicle design works brilliantly. Unfortunately, the lawyers do not see my solution as unique, and have filed suit in east Texas.

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    6: Although I'm building for personal use the cease and desist letters are getting more and more aggressive.

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    7: Able to stand it no longer, I have launched my space station months earlier than planned. Out of the jurisdication of any nation I should be safe to build whatever I want.

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    8: So far the microgravity environment has proven challenging for a number of simple tasks. There is now solder flux in the atmospheric recyclers and using the CNC router causes a slight rotation in the station around the forward axis.

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    9: I feel I am getting the hang of working in a zero gravity environment. I have noticed a small fault in the vehicle's abort switch which I believe to be a loose solder joint. This must be fixed befire I can continue my research.

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    10: I have come up with an elegant solution to the abort switch problem. If the computer is manually placed into an abort condition, I may continue using the flight computer as it will never trigger an abort. Genius.

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    11: There has been a main bus fault. Thrusters are gone, as is the navigation computer. Main computer will require extensive repairs.

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    12: ex appiars i hazi s{exchih xdi xderh anh joyrxd haxa leni.

    # (it appears I have switched the third and fourth data line)

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    13: The previous situation has been resolved, altough I am currently dealing with several other mechanical problems on the ship.

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    14: I have repaired as much as I can inside the ship, but the repairs now require me to EVA and fix the remaining systems. I do no like extravehicular activities. Last time the comms circuit died.

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    15: The problem on the exterior has been resolved, thanks to a few comms from a good friend back on the blue earth. The defective component was a 709, luckily I had the spares. Bob will get back to me on the cause of the failure.

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    16: Some readings from my transmission testing leads me to think others have been decoding my communications. Who would take the time to intercept and decode all of my messages?

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    17: I grow weary of both waiting and worrying. If rescued I plan to start my search for someone to replace me. Maybe a more skilled soul can keep this place running, without interfering with their quest for discovery.

  • Final Transmission

    11 months ago • 6 comments

    For those of you who haven't noticed, the final transmission was posted a few days ago. The transmission was simply this picture:

    The numbers in the picture represent the IP address and port number: 50.112.128.47:25565, which happens to be a minecraft server!

    On the server there is a myriad of puzzles for us to solve. It seems most of them have been solved, but it is still a lot of fun to go find them all!

    When a collection of photos has been gathered, I will post them here.

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Discussions

jakaruni04 wrote 11 months ago 2 points
how we can call people on space ship?

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Sy Bernot wrote 11 months ago 2 points
So this all culminates in this announcement:
http://hackaday.io/prize
That's a pretty sweet grand prize.

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Lambda42 wrote 11 months ago 2 points
After reading Tom's Diary in the End and seeing what I've seen around the world, I wonder if this is a recruiting campaign. The last page looks like some of the HaD guys may be leaving.

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RodolpheH wrote 11 months ago 2 points
"If rescued I plan to start my search for someone to replace me. Maybe a more skilled soul can keep this place running, without interfering with their quest for discovery." That's what makes me think that too.

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redsquirrel_7 wrote 11 months ago 1 point
Who do you suppose could be leaving?

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DarylDee wrote 11 months ago 2 points
Maybe something related to the mars mission?

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redsquirrel_7 wrote 11 months ago 1 point
Are you suggesting one of the HaD staff could be on the up coming mission to mars?

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DarylDee wrote 11 months ago 1 point
yeah! stargazin' : )

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Sheldon wrote 11 months ago 1 point
So those of us without MC (or a good enough internet connection), any chance someone could at least stick up some of the images for these marvellous locations that the HaD gang have created (and even some of the pixel art that's there would be nice)?

(Thank you to whoever added the IRC auto-logging, us peasants have not been entirely out the loop :-)

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mikeneiderhauser wrote 11 months ago 2 points
The auto logging was me. I also posted an album of pics from the server in one of the project logs.
I don't have much of the pixel art but I'm sure after judging that HaD will post something. The album below may or may not be missing some of the secret locations. Sorry it took so long but I wanted to wait for the countdown timer.

imgur.com/a/55wUV

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Sheldon wrote 11 months ago point
Thanks Mike (getting the early notice via the logger has been very cool - even the "keeping mum" on the annoucement :-)

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mikeneiderhauser wrote 11 months ago 1 point
Hidden arduino anyone?

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mikeneiderhauser wrote 11 months ago 2 points
MAJOR TOM HAS BEEN FOUND

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John Boyd wrote 11 months ago 1 point
Nice! Where was he?

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mikeneiderhauser wrote 11 months ago 1 point
In the end

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jstylen wrote 11 months ago 2 points
When you get to the end portal you can relog to avoid fall damage. Doesn't seem like the right way but it works.

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mikeneiderhauser wrote 11 months ago point
recently fixed

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johnowhitaker wrote 11 months ago 2 points
Serious spoiler for those without minecraft: rawe transcribed a diary (Major Toms) - http://pastebin.com/JjmKfR6e

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redsquirrel_7 wrote 11 months ago 3 points
They are totally building a spaceship guys! ;)

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RodolpheH wrote 11 months ago 2 points
Yeah I got the same thought about this !

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RodolpheH wrote 11 months ago 1 point
Could you explain a little bit how we should read this ? Perhaps you have already said it on the IRC (I couldn't connect at it today because I use tor at work) but I would like to know what about the resistors ?

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mikeneiderhauser wrote 11 months ago 1 point
The resistor codes are part of the puzzle. I am not too sure. I have not been on the server much. I will be on later this evening. You can view the IRC log (link to the left). It is updated every ~5mins.

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crener wrote 11 months ago 1 point
http://hackaday.com/2014/02/14/call-for-hams-and-hackers-welcome-iceisee-3-home/

My guess is that Hackaday is going to try to communicate with this and that the announcement will be them telling us about there plan or asking for help with it.

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RodolpheH wrote 11 months ago 4 points
nmap scan : Minecraft 1.7.2 (Protocol: 127, Message: Find Majort Tom!, Users 2/100)

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RodolpheH wrote 11 months ago 1 point
Last transmission on home page of hackaday.com.
Here is a link in case it's get removed : http://imgur.com/kNVyggq

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tehaxor69 wrote 11 months ago 2 points
It's a minecraft server 50.112.128.47:25565

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RodolpheH wrote 11 months ago 1 point
I received a mail this morning from hackaday saying I won a badge for decoding #Transmission01. In the mail it is written "Sweet!" in hexadecimal. Anyone got it too ? I've never decoded #Transmission01, I'm just following the quest to see where it is going (and trying to participate when I can).

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John Boyd wrote 11 months ago point
This project page is dedicated to collating information relating to the Hackaday.com/Space mystery, and we are currently waiting for the next "Transmission" tuesday. Check out the project logs and the various transmission pages linked above to see how it all began

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John Boyd wrote 11 months ago 1 point
I wonder if they are planning to launch a satellite into space? A HaD satellite would be really cool, and in the realm of possibilities.

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tehaxor69 wrote 11 months ago point
Very cool.

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Beamsjr wrote 11 months ago 1 point
the launch site is Baikonur, Vostok-2M launches occurred at Baikonur, which carried the Kosmos-1242 satellite which is supposed to fall to earth April 28th

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dukctape wrote 11 months ago point
I don't wan't to be "that guy", but... http://imgur.com/iXiOYhz
In all seriousness, it may be worth looking at the stars in the image. Could they indicate a location of some sort? Admittedly the transmission has already been decoded, but you never know...

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John Boyd wrote 11 months ago point
I'm not an expert at this, but it looks like there is more info embedded at the end of this JPEG file. Anyone who knows better than me may want to take a look: http://hackadaycom.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/nutrimatic-drink-dispenser-sci-fi-feature-thumb.png

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Emerica wrote 11 months ago 1 point
It's a png :(

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John Boyd wrote 11 months ago point
oh duh, im an idiot. I need to get some sleep, haha

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Emerica wrote 11 months ago 2 points
There is still hidden text in images though.
In today's post. I'm not sure I trust the author though haha :)
"Nice try, but there's no clues hidden here."

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