NASA has announced an unusual new discovery: the iconic Star Trek Starfleet logo has been found on the surface of Mars.
The badge was confiscated by the Mars reconnaissance agent of the body orbiting the Red Planet, and the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Scientific MRO) team of cameras from the University of Arizona explains that the curious chevron shapes are the footprints of old sand dunes:
These curious chevron shapes in the south-east of Hellas Planitia are the result of a complex history of dunes, lava and wind.
Long ago, large crescent-shaped dunes (barchan) moved into this area and at one point there was an eruption. The lava flowed on the plain and around the dunes, but not on them. The lava has solidified, but these dunes have always stood as islands. However, they were still just dunes and the wind was still blowing. Finally, the piles of sand that formed the dunes migrated, leaving these "footprints" in the lava plain. These are also called "dune casts" and record the presence of dunes surrounded by lava.
Enterprising viewers will discover that these features are visibly similar to a famous logo: you're right, but it's just a coincidence.
Subtitles in the news (June 12, 2019): Footprints of dunes in Hellas
Enterprising viewers will discover that these features are visibly similar to a famous logo.
– HiRISE (NASA) (@HiRISE) June 12, 2019
Actor William Shatner, famous for having interpreted Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek, applauded the news and rejoiced at the discovery of his Starfleet logo before that of Star Wars.
Hey @wars of the stars! Do you want to squeeze your Rebel rebels? 🙄 We beat you! 😉😝👇🏻 https://t.co/b53KxKlAlj
– William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 13, 2019
Actor Mark Hamill, famous for performing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, played down the results:
It looks like a boomerang for me. #Meh 🙄 https://t.co/mpYAbBrDgw
– Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 15, 2019
Answer by "Kirk":
Do not make the jelly, Mark. pic.twitter.com/W3CjfNj50V
– William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 15, 2019
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