Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

NASA camera spots Star Trek logo on Mars

NASA camera spots Star Trek logo on Mars

Seemingly stamped in the ruddy sands of the famous Red Planet, a familiar chevron emblem resembling Star Trek's iconic Starfleet logo has been recently spotted by NASA's intrepid Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and it has Star Wars folks a bit anxious.

However the U.S. space agency has said dunes, lava and wind are responsible for the curious chevron shape.

"Here, the sand formed crescent-shaped dunes called barchan dunes, sculpted by the wind; as the lava flowed, it parted around them", according to Science Alert.

Then came lava. Eruptions spilled the molten substance across the area surrounding the dunes, but it wasn't thick enough to cover them entirely.

However, given the fact that winds continued to blow, the sand piles moved slightly, leaving these "ghost dunes", or expressed otherwise "dune casts", in the lava plain.

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Their footprints, dubbed "dune casts", were left behind in the lava field.

The MRO has been exploring Mars from orbit since 2006, capturing some of the most detailed images of its surface.

"Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo", the University of Arizona's MRO HiRISE team said in an official statement.

Here on our beloved planet, we're struggling with tons of preparations to send our very own kind to the Red Planet but, by the look of things, it seems that someone might have gotten there already and you won't believe your eyes what you see: The Starfleet! "You'd be right, but it's only a coincidence". A dune that is shaped like the Star Trek logo has appeared on the surface of Mars. The symbol is, of course, the actual logo for "Star Trek", the TV series - but while it's mostly been confined to Earth, it's now gone to Mars. It's now been up there sending back data for nearly 14 years now.

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