Dune imprints in Hellas Planitia in the southeast. The shape was created due to the interaction between sand dunes, lava and wind on the Martian surface. ( NASA / JPL / University of Arizona )
A strange sign on the Martian surface has been the decades-long rivalry between Star Wars and Star Trek fans.
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This week, the University of Arizona released a new photograph taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showing chevron shapes in the southeastern hell of Planitia. The markings look suspiciously like the symbol of Star Trek of Starfleet.
Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner used the opportunity to cast a shadow over Star Wars ] and sparked a Twitter war.
Mark Hamill, who appears in as Luke Skywalker Star Wars does not like the pattern very much.
Starfleet on Mars?
Unfortunately, the chevron shapes captured by the MRO are no evidence that Jean-Luc Picard or Spock have landed on the Red Planet. Scientists said the trait came about by chance through natural processes.
According to one statement, the area had long, crescent-shaped sand dunes long ago. Then came an eruption: lava flowed around the dunes, but not enough to cover them. As the lava cooled and solidified, the dunes looked like islands.
"Eventually, the sandpiles that were the dunes wandered away, leaving those" footprints "in the lava plane," the statement says. "These are also called 'dune casts' and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava."
The MRO observing Mars for more than a decade has photographed several other chevron shapes on the surface of the red planet. Some scientists not only made forms that resembled the symbols of pop culture, but suggested that these dune casts could have preserved clues to the ancient environment and past life in the now barren world.
The MRO serves as an important link between the rovers now resident on Mars and ground control at NASA. Another explorer, the Mars 2020 Rover, is scheduled to launch next year to look for signs of past life and to investigate whether microbial life exists on the Red Planet.
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