'Star Trek' Logo Spotted on Mars

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Wdowiak Ridge

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an image of a unusual chevron on the Martian surface that looks similar to the symbol for "Star Trek's" Starfleet, an organization of space exploration, diplomacy, research, defense and peacekeeping. Just like the famous "face on Mars", this Starfleet logo was produced by random chance, as wind, lava and other forces sculpted the Martian landscape.

"Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo", the MRO HiRise team posted on Twitter.

However big Earthlings' plans to send a manned mission to Mars are, it seems that the Starfleet might have been the first to reach the much-coveted destination, a notion which follows from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's snapshot of a giant formation shaped strikingly like the organisation's famed chevron.

"The lava flowed out over the plain and around the dunes, but not over them". But NASA's probe has now spotted something totally unexpected from above - an mysterious Star Trek logo marking on Mars.

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Per Beyer, the observed logo spotted in Hellas Planitia, a vast plain area within the Hellas impact basin in the southern hemisphere of Mars, is nothing more than a "coincidence".

But they were still dunes, so the wind could move them, and the dunes essentially migrated. It started as a crescent-shaped dune that became an island in the sea of lava but the sand eventually blew away in the wind. "These are also called "dune casts" and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava".

While fans of Star Trek and Star Wars continue to banter over the Mars images, there is a suspicious silence from devotees of Frank Herbert's Dune.

The orbiter has been sending back high-resolution imagery for 13 years, well past its design lifetime.

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