The Star Trek “Starfleet” logo has been spotted on the surface of Mars

Jun 14, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The Star Trek “Starfleet” logo has been spotted on the surface of Mars

Jun 14, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been boldly going where no one has gone before in the orbit of Mars for the past 13 years. It’s captured some of the most detailed images of the Mars surface that we’ve ever seen. Now, it’s spotted a particularly familiar looking landmark.

The photo was first spotted by the camera team at MRO HiRISE (High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) at the University of Arizona a few days ago. They’ve had the image since April 22nd but it’s just coming out now. They posted it to Twitter with the caption “Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo”.

HiRISE describes how these formations came to exist on the service of Mars as “a complex story of dunes, lava and wind”. But essentially there used to be large dunes that moved the area, and at some point, there was an eruption which caused lava to spew and surround the dunes without covering them. When the sand blows away it leaves an imprint such as this one.

Launched in 2005, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter went up initially with just a two-year mission. It’s now been up there sending back data for almost 14 years now. I don’t know how long it’s going to keep going, but hopefully, it doesn’t run across V’ger.

Live long and prosper!

[Photo: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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19 responses to “The Star Trek “Starfleet” logo has been spotted on the surface of Mars”

  1. Andy Murray Avatar
    Andy Murray

    “May the force be with you” is Star Wars not Star Trek ??‍♂️

    1. Babok Song Avatar
      Babok Song
  2. M C Mays Pulliam Avatar
    M C Mays Pulliam

    Isn’t that saying,”May the force be with you” from Star Wars? ?

    1. Marc Stokes Avatar
      Marc Stokes

      thats the joke

  3. Heather Wojtusiak Avatar
    Heather Wojtusiak

    Live long and prosper.

  4. Yesenia Ballesteros Avatar
    Yesenia Ballesteros

    You mean “Long Live and Prosper”
    ??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️

    1. Yesenia Ballesteros Avatar
      Yesenia Ballesteros

      Mistykari C Wilson ??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️

    2. Anna Nguyen Stratton Avatar
      Anna Nguyen Stratton

      Im not even a star wars or star trek fan and I know this!

  5. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    Thats no moon!

  6. Michael Goos Avatar
    Michael Goos

    It entirely sure why this is all over the news right now. I’ve seen pics of it years ago.

  7. Clayton Young Avatar
    Clayton Young

    Wrong space quote!

  8. Jacobo Castañeda Avatar
    Jacobo Castañeda

    Wrong movie, my sweet dude.

  9. Stephan Hughes Avatar
    Stephan Hughes

    “To boldly go where no one has gone before” would be more appropriate lol

  10. The New York Photography Company Avatar
    The New York Photography Company

    Anddddddd now I have to unfollow….

  11. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    You on this one wrong are?‍♂️?

  12. Rob Julien Avatar
    Rob Julien

    Really…

  13. Robert Hood Avatar
    Robert Hood

    The story is now complete.

  14. Marc Stokes Avatar
    Marc Stokes

    So many people missing the joke ?