Released June 12, the images are of strangely familiar chevron-shaped sand dune residue NASA called dune casts discovered on a lava plain on the surface of Mars.
These casts bear a remarkable resemblance to the Star Trek Starfleet logo.
According to NASA, these formations were large crescent-shaped dunes that moved across this surface area of Mars.
At some point, there was a volcanic eruption and lava flowed over the plain and around the dunes, but not over them, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory website.
“Lava solidified, but the dunes stuck up like islands. Eventually, the sand piles that made up the dunes migrated away leaving these footprints in the lava plain.
“These casts record the presence of dunes that were at one time surrounded by lava,” according to the website.
Following NASA’s Twitter post about the discovery, William Shatner, who played Capt. James Kirk on Star Trek, poked at Star Wars fans with a Kirk-like tweet, “Hey @starwars! Will you hurry up your Rebel Scums? We beat you!”
To which Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars responded, “Looks like a boomerang to me.”
Star Trek versus Star Wars is much like Florida versus Florida State or Auburn versus Alabama. For some, it’s preordained.
But that’s a whole ‘nother discussion.