NASA camera spots Star Trek logo on Mars

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 14, 2019

Since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnoissance Orbiter (MRO) has been exploring Mars from orbit, capturing some of the most detailed - and interesting - images of the surface of the Red Planet with its HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera.

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an image of a odd chevron on the Martian surface that looks similar to the symbol for "Star Trek's" Starfleet, an organization of space exploration, diplomacy, research, defense and peacekeeping.

"Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo", wrote Ross Beyer of the University of Arizona in a statement which came out together with the photo release.

The image was acquired on April 22, 2019. An eruption sent lava spilling out, moving around the dunes but not covering them.

Of course, the Starfleet logo taking shape on the Red Planet is just a coincidence. The lava flowed out over the plain and around the dunes, but not over them.

According to Cnet, the crescent-shaped formation shown has a long geologic history.

It's also been explained that when the lava cooled down and became hard, it did this around the dunes.

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". But, because they are not dense enough, they are unable to cover the dunes entirely. The dunes stood among the lava field like islands, and when they were eventually blown away by the wind, their footprint remained.

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