Dune footprints southeast of Hellas Planitia. The shape was created due to the interaction between sand dunes, lava and wind on the surface of Mars. ( NASA / JPL / University of Arizona )
A strange mark spotted on the surface of Mars has revived the decades-old rivalry Star wars and Star Trek Fans.
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This week, the University of Arizona released a new photo taken by the Orbiter Mars Reconnaissance, showing chevron shapes in southeastern hell, Planitia. The marks are strangely similar to the symbol of Star Trekis Starfleet.
Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, in use the opportunity to cast some shade on Star wars and set off a Twitter war.
Meanwhile, Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in Star wars, do not think the pattern looks like something special.
Starfleet on Mars?
Unfortunately, the chevron shapes captured by the MRO do not prove that Jean-Luc Picard or Spock landed on the red planet. Scientists explained that this feature was created by chance, as a result of natural processes.
According to a statement, long ago, the region had large crescent-shaped sand dunes. Then an eruption occurred: lava flowed around the dunes, but not enough to cover them. When the lava cooled and solidified, the dunes rose like islands.
"Finally, the piles of sand that formed the dunes migrated, leaving these" footprints "in the lava plain," reads the statement. "These are also called" dune casts "and record the presence of dunes surrounded by lava."
The MRO, which has been watching Mars for more than a decade, has photographed several other chevron shapes on the surface of the red planet. More than producing forms that look like symbols of pop culture, some scientists have suggested that these dune casts might have preserved clues to the ancient environment, including past life, in the world from now on. sterile.
The MRO is an important link between rovers currently residing on Mars and NASA ground control. Another explorer, the March 2020 rover, is expected to launch next year, to look for signs of past habitable conditions and to determine if microbial life existed on the red planet.
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