NASA's orbiting craft has now captured another image of a odd chevron on the Martian surface eerily resembling the Star Trek Starfleet symbol. The MRO captured a series of unusual chevron symbols on a Martian sand dune in the southeast Hellas Planitia region.
Then, lava, albeit not very thick, was spewed out, with the molten substance spilled all across the area around the dunes. The interplay of dunes, wind, and lava made the particular chevron look so prominent, according to a statement from the University. Scientists, who have been working on the subject with the help of the so-called HiRISE instrument, have come to believe that the formation of the structure began with crescent-shaped sand dunes, where wind interacted with the surface.
"Eventually, the sand piles that were the dunes migrated away, leaving these "footprints" in the lava plain", the HiRISE website states.
The footprints are also called "dune casts" and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava.
On the Red Planet's Hellas Planitia expanse, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has spotted a rather conspicuous logo that will have trekkies jumping for joy, while rekindling old rivalries with the Star Wars fandom in the process.
Photo of Mars appears to show "Star Trek" logo on surface to Shatner's delight (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona).
Is this revealing image pure coincidence or a cosmic imprint signifying Star Trek's ultimate superiority over the empire of Star Wars?
It serves as a vital communications relay for NASA's Curiosity rover and InSight lander and is expected to support the Mars 2020 rover mission when that craft lands on the Red Planet.