The USS Enterprise's next stop: Mars?
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an image of a unusual 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.
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.
Don't freak out, it's not about aliens or similar things, but the Star Trek Starfleet logo has just been spotted on the Red Planet, and that's a fact.
The University of Arizona, which operates the MRO HiRISE camera, said: "Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo..."
"Long ago, there were large crescent-shaped (barchan) dunes that moved across this area, and at some point, there was an eruption".
It's also been explained that when the lava cooled down and became hard, it did this around the dunes. The dunes stood among the lava field like islands, and when they were eventually blown away by the wind, their footprint remained. The likeness did not go unnoticed by one of Star Trek's biggest stars, William Shatner, who couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a friendly jab at the Star Wars franchise.
"When the [original] show ended after three seasons, NASA was still six weeks from landing astronauts on the moon, but Star Trek had firmly implanted the idea of travel to the stars in the collective imagination", NASA's website says.
The actor quipped: "Hey Star wars!"