A NASA spacecraft captured a photo of a dune on the surface of Mars that looks suspiciously like the famous Starfleet logo from Star Trek. The MRO captured a series of unusual chevron symbols on a Martian sand dune in the southeast Hellas Planitia region.
The MRO HiRISE (High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera team at the University of Arizona highlighted the discovery Wednesday, though the image was acquired by the team April 22.
On the Red Planet's Hellas Planitia expanse, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has spotted a rather conspicuous logo that will have trekkies jumping for joy, while rekindling old rivalries with the Star Wars fandom in the process. The mission control team quipped in a tweet: 'Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo'.More news: Police find man hiding in attic above teenage girl's bedroom
It's also been explained that when the lava cooled down and became hard, it did this around the dunes.
The chevron shapes (which resemble the Starfleet insignia) are the result of a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind.
"Long ago, there were large crescent-shaped (barchan) dunes that moved across this area, and at some point, there was an eruption".More news: Taylor Swift - "You Need To Calm Down"
While the symbol found on Mars is a fun, coincidental reference to the beloved sci-fi show, NASA and Star Trek have been linked since the show's premiere in 1966 - the organization even credits the show with bringing space travel into the country's "collective imagination". The winds on Mars continued to blow and eventually, the sands of the dunes have scattered and left the lava behind.
Star Trek and Nasa have a history of connections.More news: SC mom arrested after yelling at students over son’s bullying