The newly unveiled logo for President Donald Trump’s Space Force bears an uncanny likeness to the emblem from TV series Star Trek, said Twitter users.
The logo, revealed by the president on Twitter, left many critics stunned as though zapped by Captain Kirk’s phaser.
But others online argued it was really based on the US Air Force logo.
The intergalactic controversy comes after mockery erupted last week when it emerged Space Force troops will wear woodland camouflage uniforms in orbit.
“After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!” Mr Trump tweeted on Friday.
George Takei, star of the original 1960s Star Trek TV series, tweeted archly in response.
Another Twitter user joked that the Space Force had copied Star Trek’s “homework”.
But others pointed out that the new logo seems to bear equal similarity to another, suborbital branch of the US military.