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NASA discovers Starfleet logo "Star Trek" on Mars

Whether you are a fan of Star Trek or not, there is no doubt that an image of a geological element on the surface of Mars looks a lot like the Starfleet logo of the USS Enterprise.

The photo taken by NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera shows a chevron-shaped "footprint", which they say is the result of a "complex history of dunes, lava and wind".

Beside the photo, NASA wrote:

These curious chevron shapes in the south-east of Hellas Planitia are the result of a complex history of dunes, lava and wind.

Explaining the phenomenon in more detail, they added:

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.

But while many Trekkies were very excited by the similarities of shapes with the Star Trek logo, NASA confirmed that it was "a coincidence".

Enterprising viewers will discover that these features are visibly similar to a famous logo: you're right, but it's just a coincidence.

Anyway, people could not believe the disturbing similarity, taking on Twitter to express their enthusiasm.

There was even good old Star Trek vs Star wars Rivalry, actor William Shatner, famous for his role in Captain James T Kirk of the USS Enterprise did a search at Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker on Twitter.

But who knows? This may be how the USS Enterprise lets us know that they are really somewhere.

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