It may be time to hail Starfleet and see whether they've set up a base on Mars.
It happens in the first episode of 'Discovery', when Captain Georgiou and Lieutenant Burnham walk around a desert to trace the Starfleet symbol. But NASA's probe has now spotted something totally unexpected from above - an mysterious Star Trek logo marking on Mars.
A NASA orbiter captured an image of Mars that shows a formation embedded into the red planet's surface. Before you start thinking it's faked or that it was put there intentionally, there's actually a logical reason for it. The image is located in a large plain within the Hellas impact basin in the southern hemisphere of Mars, called the Hellas Planitia. In fact, these chevron-type shapes are pretty common in this region of Mars. Scientists, who have been working on the subject with the help of the so-called HiRISE instrument, have come to believe that the formation of the structure began with crescent-shaped sand dunes, where wind interacted with the surface.
It's also been explained that when the lava cooled down and became hard, it did this around the dunes.
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But they were still dunes, so the wind could move them, and the dunes essentially migrated. Lava flows then parted around the dunes and hardened in place while the sand was gradually blown away leaving so-called "ghost dunes" behind them.
Their footprints, dubbed "dune casts", were left behind in the lava field.
The orbiter has been sending back high-resolution imagery for 13 years, well past its design lifetime. It serves as a vital communications relay for NASA's Curiosity rover and InSight lander and is expected to support the Mars 2020 rover mission when that craft lands on the Red Planet.