On the interior pictures of the Orion capsule there is a distinct pattern visible above the Callisto tech demo console:

Inside the Orion capsule Source: NASA, highlight by me

What is the reason/meaning of this pattern?

My searching the web didn't turn up anything useful that's why I'm hoping for a bit of insight from the more knowledgeable people here.


User The Rocket fan hinted that it might be morse code. It decodes to CHARLIE when read forward to aft of the capsule. But why?

  • $\begingroup$ It looks like Morse code $\endgroup$ Nov 22, 2022 at 9:29
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, you are right! Read from spacecraft front to aft it reads "CHARLIE" – but why? $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:31
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    $\begingroup$ Wild speculation - an allusion to 'Charlie Brown' & Apollo 10? $\endgroup$ Nov 22, 2022 at 13:09
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    $\begingroup$ reddit.com/r/space/comments/z1iy2t/… $\endgroup$ Nov 22, 2022 at 16:21
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    $\begingroup$ @Andrew: interestingly, Snoopy is floating in the picture. He's near the center, wearing an orange suit. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Nov 23, 2022 at 10:31

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Tribute to former (deceased) Orion chief engineer Charlie Lundquist.

Located above the Callisto voice-activated technology demonstration in the middle of the cabin, a morse code symbol for “Charlie” commemorates the life of former Orion Deputy Program Manager Charlie Lundquist, who died in 2020. Lundquist worked in the Orion Program between 2008 and his passing, playing an instrumental role in Orion’s development.



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