Here on Earth, we make big plans to send the first humans to Mars, but it looks like Starfleet arrived there first. In the vastness of Hellas Planitia, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed a huge formation in the form of the organization's famous chevron logo.
"Entrepreneurial viewers will find that these features look strikingly like a famous logo," wrote Ross Beyer of the University of Arizona in a statement attached to the publication of the photograph.
Unfortunately, this is no proof for intrepid explorers to bravely go where no human was. "It's just a coincidence," added Beyer.
Chevron shapes are not uncommon on Mars. They are usually the result of currents that have occurred frequently on the Red Planet in the past.
This particular chevron is the result of a volcanic eruption long ago at the bottom of an impact basin. Here, the sand formed crescent-shaped dunes, so-called Barchan dunes, which were formed by the wind. when the lava flowed, she split around her.
When the lava cooled and hardened, she did so around the dunes. But the Martian wind continued to blow and eventually the sand of the dunes scattered, leaving only the lava.
These casts are called "ghost dunes," and although they are known here on Earth, their presence on Mars has only recently been investigated. There are about 300 of these formations in Hellas Planitia, and another 480 were spotted in the Noctis Labyrinthus region, which is filled with a labyrinth of valleys. Are you going to accelerate your Rebel Scums? 🙄 We beat you! 😉😝👇🏻 https://t.co/b53KxKlAlj
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