Humans have found a lot of weird objects on the surface of Mars. It's often too much fun to speculate what's out there. Not to mention the curiosity generated by the online speculation. Just a weird rock formation? Nah, it's probably an alien crab monster! We all love a good story, don't we? Well, here's one.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted an unusual, yet very familiar symbol on the surface of Mars. Yes, it's the iconic “Star Trek” Starfleet logo. It was spotted by MRO in the southeast Hellas Planitia region.
Alright Trekkies, we see you jumping out of excitement!
Well, let's just calm down for a moment. Before you start conspiring, let's be very clear that the formation of the logo is mere coincidence. According to the MRO HiRISE camera team, the shape on the red planet was created by wind, lava, and dunes.
The shapes are created by large, crescent-shaped dunes, surrounded by lava solidifies after eruptions. The wind blows over the dunes, displacing much of the sand and leaves behind these 'footprints' called 'dune casts'. The MRO has been capturing and sending images from Mars since 2006 and is often said to come across such unusual findings. This particular image of the dune formation shaped like the 'Star Trek' Starfleet logo was captured by MRO on April 22, 2019.
Though it was merely a coincidence, die-hard 'Star Trek' fans across the globe couldn't contain their excitement and decided to enjoy the magical moment. Even Captain Kirk himself (actor William Shatner) joined the fun poking fun at 'Star Wars'.June 13, 2019
Other geeks decided to join in on the fun as well.June 12, 2019
“We're far far away!”
We're 'far far away' from that tiny red planet. pic.twitter.com/pdZlJehflS— Star Wars (@starwars) June 13, 2019
What if; Aliens only have access to our TV waves and somehow only ended up with Star Trek..and this is their way of saying hello? XD— Rose MoonFeather (@RoseVanWylich) June 12, 2019
You heard him!June 12, 2019
Well, what can we say? It's a great time to be 'Star Trek' nerd!