It's the year 2034 and you're a mission coordinator for the latest Mars mission. It has been a long haul but since the send off on January 12th the antimatter rocket has been a complete success. Your team just received the first transmission post landing sequence but you think something seems a little off about it. Can you figure out if and what the problem is?

The transmission follows

Hello Mission Control - 13.05.2034
WĔ have hađ absoluȶĔly no trouble at all, ĵust senдing our first notification ŧransmission. 
Planetary Orbit was successfully achieved and hopefully the UN will approve the next 
shipment soon. 
The last 2 weeks have been a real ordeal but the next 4 will be vitally important. 

Hint 1

It will help to arrange all of the things that are wrong in the message.
Non-ascii characters
A notice about orbit being successful when you know the rocket has already gone through landing.
An antimatter rocket shouldn't take four months to travel to Mars

Hint 2

What passage in the message might make certain parts of unicode numbers important?

  • $\begingroup$ Well, first of all a bunch of the characters aren't ASCII: ĔđȶĔĵдŧᥑ - Joe Z. $\endgroup$
    – Mark N
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 19:08
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    $\begingroup$ Are the Unicode numbers important in this case, as the comment altered them? $\endgroup$
    – Mark N
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 19:14
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    $\begingroup$ Also note that the date is the 13th month, 5th day, 2034 or 13th day, 5th month, 2034 $\endgroup$
    – B1indfire
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 19:16
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    $\begingroup$ You might want to consider giving a hint or something. Aside from spotting the unicode, there's really no direction to investigate this in. Maybe tell us what the problem is, and ask how that was discovered from the message? $\endgroup$
    – Bobson
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 15:08
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    $\begingroup$ Question closed by request. $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Commented Jul 29, 2015 at 17:05

1 Answer 1


China, US and Europe are getting along fine, but US/Europe are not getting along with Russia.

Ĕ unicode u+0114 Latin (US Europe)

đ unicode u+0111 Latin (US Europe)

ȶ unicode u+0236 Latin (US Europe)

ĵ unicode u+0135 Latin (US Europe)

д unicode u+0434 Cyrillic (Russia)

ŧ unicode u+0167 Latin (US Europe)

ᥑ unicode u+1951 Tai Le (China)

We see in the transmission that 'ᥑl' the author (China) has had no trouble with the others 'WĔ have hađ absoluȶĔly' (US/Europe), but 'ĵust/ŧransmission' (US/Europe) is not getting along with 'senдing' (Russia).

  • $\begingroup$ While you're on the right track with looking at the characters, this isn't the solution I'm looking for. An interesting one though! $\endgroup$
    – Bard
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 19:29

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