A crater of cosmic coincidence has formed on Mars and it has Star Trek fans down here on Earth going wild.
A chevron captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in the southeast Hellas Planitia region of Mars looks suspiciously like Star Trek's Starfleet Command symbol, representing the fictional intergalactic diplomacy organization we know and love.
Check it out.
While we would love to think that some of the greatest heroes of science fiction have set up camp on our neighbor planet, the actual explanation is almost just as cool.
The shape comes from what was once a crescent shaped dune. When lava from a Martian volcano flooded the area, it pooled around the dune, creating an island formation. Over centuries, the wind blew the dune's loose sediment away, leaving only the surface that was left untouched by the lava.
Hey @starwars! Will you hurry up your Rebel Scums? 🙄 We beat you! 😉😝👇🏻 https://t.co/b53KxKlAlj— William Shatner (@William Shatner)1560453505.0
The science of the formation didn't stop fans from embracing the fiction.
@WilliamShatner @starwars Whoa, Trek really did boldly go where no one had gone before. 👍— CA (@CA)1560454117.0
@WilliamShatner @starwars Send down a search team Spock is waiting to be rescued!!— James Mitchell Cooper (@James Mitchell Cooper)1560465991.0
@WilliamShatner @starwars Hey Captain, it's your duty to defend the Alpha Quadrant!!— ArslinguaFuat (@ArslinguaFuat)1560523010.0
@WilliamShatner @starwars This is so cool !!— antpepe (@antpepe)1560468446.0
@CNN Aliens do exist and they are Trekies. 🖖🏼 Seriously gives me Futurama vibes. Remember the episode where alien… https://t.co/jgMfqMPHg2— Casper Rose (@Casper Rose)1560453501.0
@CNN I KNEW IT !!! Its all coming together now....— Kevin (@Kevin)1560453391.0
@CNN https://t.co/QbQzfXxgdi— Yeney (@Yeney)1560461760.0
After all these years, Star Trek has us looking skyward. Like the orbiter that captured the image, we're going boldly where no one has gone before.