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“Beam me up, Scotty, no intelligent life here.”
Well, maybe there is.
Recently, a NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars snapped a photo of an odd object on the planet’s surface – something that looks remarkably like the Star Fleet logo from Star Trek.
“Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo: and you’d be right, but it’s only a coincidence,” NASA and the University of Arizona said in a statement.
The insignia appeared most famously on the uniforms of the original Star Trek TV series.
The object itself on the Martian surface is known as a “dune cast,” formed by a complex dance of lava eruptions, howling winds and shifting sands:
This and other similar objects “began as large, crescent-shaped dunes that were surrounded by lava after an eruption before solidifying,” CBS said. “As wind blew over the dunes, it displaced much of the sand, and eventually left behind ‘footprints,’ also called ‘dune casts,’ that record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava.”
The photo was taken by NASA’s unmanned Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been keeping watch on the Martian surface since 2006.
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