Nerdgasm: Star Trek’s Starfleet logo spotted on Mars

William Shatner as Capt. Kirk in ‘Star Trek,’ sporting the Starfleet insignia in 1966

Just like the famous "face on Mars", this Starfleet logo was produced by random chance, as wind, lava and other forces sculpted the Martian landscape.

In Star Trek, Starfleet is the organization that the famous Captain Kirk and Spock are part of, which is responsible for conducting deep space exploration, research, defense, peacekeeping and diplomacy.

Per Beyer, the observed logo spotted in Hellas Planitia, a vast plain area within the Hellas impact basin in the southern hemisphere of Mars, is nothing more than a "coincidence".

Here on our beloved planet, we're struggling with tons of preparations to send our very own kind to the Red Planet but, by the look of things, it seems that someone might have gotten there already and you won't believe your eyes what you see: The Starfleet! "The lava solidified, but these dunes still stuck up like islands", the team explained. 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.

"However, they were still just dunes, and the wind continued to blow", the statement continued. 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.

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While fans of Star Trek and Star Wars continue to banter over the Mars images, there is a suspicious silence from devotees of Frank Herbert's Dune.

Their footprints, dubbed "dune casts", were left behind in the lava field.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which launched in 2005, arrived in the red planet's orbit the following year.

The orbiter has been sending back high-resolution imagery for 13 years, well past its design lifetime.

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