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'Star Trek' Logo Spotted on Mars


Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona It looks like Starfleet is literally embedded on the planet next door: A dune in the shape of the famous logo from " Star Trek " appears prominently in a new picture from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).


Just like the famous " face on Mars ," this Starfleet logo was produced by random chance, as wind, lava and other forces sculpted the Martian landscape.


"Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo," the University of Arizona, which manages the MRO HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera, said in a statement .


MRO has photographed many other chevrons on Mars, so we're guessing this is not the first time it spotted one shaped like a "Star Trek" logo .


Scientists working with the HiRISE instrument have spent years studying the features they see in Mars images, and they think they have a good sense of how this particular shape came to be.


She reported on three space shuttle launches in person and once spent two weeks in an isolated Utah facility pretending to be a Martian.






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