NASA camera spots Star Trek logo on Mars

NASA camera spots Star Trek logo on Mars

Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed a crescent-shaped dune imprint resembling the logo.

The chevron-like shape, spotted in the southeast Hellas Planitia in the southern hemisphere of Mars, is actually the result of a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind, according to the HiRise team.

In Star Trek, Starfleet is the organization that the famous Captain Kirk and Spock are part of, which is responsible for conducting deep space exploration, research, defense, peacekeeping and diplomacy.

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. The mission control team quipped in a tweet: 'Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo'.

The V-shaped symbol turned out to be a dune that is left over from the planet's lava and wind.

The landmark was created from crescent-shaped dunes, called "barchan", that moved across the area of the planet. An eruption sent lava spilling out, moving around the dunes but not covering them. The special camera has captured several other chevrons on the planet, so it is safe to say that it may not be the first time that one resembling a "Star Trek" logo was found. The dunes stood among the lava field like islands, and when they were eventually blown away by the wind, their footprint remained.

Star Trek and Nasa have a history of connections.



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