NASA Spots 'Star Trek' Starfleet Logo 'Dune Footprints' on Mars

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The landmarks are called "dune casts", which "record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava", according to the MRO's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, which is based at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

A NASA orbiter captured an image of Mars that shows a formation embedded into the red planet's surface.

"Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo", the MRO HiRise team posted on Twitter.

The image was acquired on April 22, 2019.

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. An eruption sent lava spilling out, moving around the dunes but not covering them.

The dune resembling the logo was spotted in Hellas Planitia, which is a massive plain in the Hellas impact basin, located towards the southern end of Mars.

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". Explaining what could have happened, they said it was a result of several natural forces, beginning with crescent-shaped sand dunes being formed by wind and surface interaction.

But they were still dunes, so the wind could move them, and the dunes essentially migrated. Lava flows then parted around the dunes and hardened in place while the sand was gradually blown away leaving so-called "ghost dunes" behind them.

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