Is Starfleet On Mars? Dunes Bear Uncanny Resemblance To Star Trek Symbol (PHOTO)

02/21/2014 09:42 am ET | Updated Feb 21, 2014

Is this an image from Mars or a scene from "Star Trek"?

It may be difficult to tell, but NASA swears the photo below shows a field of Martian dunes. Yet, the formations happen to bear an uncanny resemblance to the insignia worn by Starfleet officers in the "Star Trek" series.

Here's the photo -- captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera on Dec. 30 -- of these dunes in a v-shape:


And here's a photo of Captain Jean-Luc Picard from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" for comparison. (Note the insignia below his right shoulder.):


The field of dunes is located in a crater near Mars' Mawrth Vallis valley. NASA reported that the strange spacing between the Martian dunes is affected by the amount of sand, wind speed and the planet's topography.

So, it looks like Starfleet has not set up a command base on the Red Planet after all. Oh well, a trekkie can only hope.

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