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The OroValleyan

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Hidden : 04/21/2016
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3 out of 5

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With apologies to Mr Andy Weir, author of "The Martian."  Thanks for your brilliant writing, which is the inspiration for this cache.

You're screwed.  But at least you're still alive for the time being.  Alone on the planet OV after surviving a horrific dust storm, you have no idea how you're going to make contact with another human being, let alone find your car in the parking lot.  The next mission to OV isn’t scheduled to arrive for another four years. Geocaching Headquarters thinks you're dead, and even when they figure out you are alive through Google Earth satellite images, they still have no way to communicate with you. The main communications dish was battered in the storm. The backup communications systems were on the Oro Valley Ascent Vehicle (OVAV), which the rest of your crew took with them when they left you behind, believing you dead from the storm.

In order to get in contact with Geocaching Headquarters, you need to Find the "OVAL" (Oro Valley Astronautic Laboratory), the probe which Headquarters lost contact with in 1997.  Fix the probe by raising it's antenna, wait for the audio and visual test to complete, and they might be able to send you an IMPORTANT MESSAGE concerning your rescue.  The camera on the OVAL can move 180 degrees. It will point to a combination of 16 hexidecimal characters around its circumference.  You must compare the hex characters to an ASCII ("asky") table provided below to translate the IMPORTANT MESSAGE. Essentially, the ASCII table is used as a decoder.  The important columns for you, "The OroValleyan," are the ones labeled "Hex" and "Character."  When Geocaching Headquarters points to the hex digits, they can send any letter of the alphabet and character they want. So if they wanted to say "STATUS," they would point to the following numbers:  5,3/5,4/4,1/5,4/5,5/5,3.  This table can save your life, or at least your afternoon. 

Be sure to write down the characters and translate them into the IMPORTANT MESSAGE.  Please lower the antenna to save battery power for the next poor soul stuck on this forsaken planet. One last warning: bring full bottles of oxygen and water when you depart your spaceship, and be aware of dangerous alien life forms.

This ASCII table could save your life!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

A guvegl-gjb qrterrf, gjragl-svirkkkk J bar uhaqerq-gra qrterrf, svsgl-sbhekkkk

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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