Has 'Star Trek' made it to Mars after all?

Greer McNally
These curious chevron shapes in southeast Hellas Planitia are the result of a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind.

At first look, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a teaser image for the next Star Trek movie or even a promo for Patrick Stewart’s new Picard drama. But according to NASA, this image of a chevron on the surface of Mars has nothing to do with the iconic sc-fi drama at all.

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Unsurprisingly, fans of the show are far from convinced, taking to social media to shout about it loudly. When NASA tweeted the image, the institution coyly advised readers to “boldly go” in order to find out more about the chevron-creating phenomenon.

According to the space agency the familiar looking symbol has apparently been created by dunes, lava and wind and reveal some of the history of the planet.

Still, Trekkies are having none if it, with one fan commenting on the post, “A likely story. Just admit there are Martians and they’re trying to tell us they love Star Trek!”

Fans of the show took to the NASA feed posting gif after gif of Spock and Captains Kirk and Picard among others to question the image.

But then maybe it’s all just an elaborate ruse to lure some of the big name players who have recently opted out of the next movie instalment back into the game. Both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have stated that they will not return to the movie franchise.

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And even the location of the chevron seems to point to Gene Roddenberry’s legendary sci-fi drama. While the photo was taken on Hellas Planitia, Utopia Planitia is actually a Federation shipyard in the orbit of Mars, which features in Star Trek Voyager.