NASA Finds Starfleet Insignia on Mars Landscape and Mark Hamill and William Shatner Trade Tweets

NASA HiRISE has found something that Star Trek fans should be able to appreciate. On Twitter, they shared a picture of some dune footprints in Hellas Planitia on Mars that look like the Starfleet insignia. They even make a joke about it in the tweet.

If you go to their website, they even explain how these dunes are formed:

Long ago, there were large crescent-shaped (barchan) dunes that moved across this area, and at some point, there was an eruption. The lava flowed out over the plain and around the dunes, but not over them. The lava solidified, but these dunes still stuck up like islands. However, they were still just dunes, and the wind continued to blow. Eventually, the sand piles that were the dunes migrated away, leaving these “footprints” in the lava plain. These are also called “dune casts” and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava.

I think this is fantastic and I absolutely love it. However, it should be noted that all of this is nothing more than a coincidence.

Mark Hamill and William Shatner also had an amusing little exchange of words regarding this image on Twitter which you can read below:

GeekTyrant Homepage