Dune footprints in southeastern Greece Planitia. The shape was produced because of the interaction between sand dunes, lava and wind on the surface of Mars. NASA / JPL / University of Arizona ]
A remarkable mark discovered on the Mars surface has regenerated the decades old rivalry between Star Wars Star Wars Star Trek fans.
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This week, the University of Arizona published a new photo captured by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showing chevron forms in southeastern Greece Planitia. The fields look suspiciously like the symbol of Star Trek s Starfleet.
Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, used the opportunity to cast shade on Star Wars ] And ignite a Twitter war.
Meanwhile, Mark Hamill, like stars like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars do not think the pattern looks anything special.
Starfleet On Mars?
Unfortunately, the chevron forms of MRO took no evidence that Jean-Luc Picard or Spock has landed on the Red Planet. Scientists explained that the function was created by a coincidence of natural processes that take place.
According to a statement long ago, the area had large crescent-shaped sand dunes. Then an outbreak occurred: lava flowed around the dunes, but not enough to cover them. When the lava cooled and solidified, the dunes pointed up as islands.
"Eventually, the sand pans that the dunes moved away left these" footprints "in the lava plain, the reading said." These are also called "dune casts" and record the presence of sand dunes surrounded by lava. "
MRO, which has observed Mars for more than a decade now, has photographed several other chevron forms on the surface of the red planet, more than producing shapes similar to pop culture symbols, some researchers suggested that these sand dunes could have preserved clues about the old environment, including earlier life, in the now unspoiled world.
MRO acts as an important link between robbers now living on Mars and ground control at NASA, another explorer, the March 2020 rover, will start next year to search for signs of past habitable conditions and investigating whether microbial life existed on the red planet
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