A Star Trek symbol on Mars sparks feud between William Shatner and Mark Hamill

William Shatner used an image of a Starfleet insignia-shaped Martian dune to make fun of Star Wars.

William Shatner and Mark Hamill

The undying debate on which is better between Star Trek and Star Wars escalated last week after Star Trek actor William Shatner used an image of a Starfleet symbol on Mars to make fun of Star Wars.

Captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the said image shows a strange chevron on the Martian surface that looks similar to Star Trek’s Starfleet insignia. When the image went viral, Trekkies wasted no time in touting the image as evidence that the universe prefers the Star Trek franchise over the Star Wars saga.

Shatner, who is best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, shared the image on Twitter with the proud caption: Hey @starwars!  Will you hurry up your Rebel Scums? We beat you!”

Star Wars’ official Twitter account replied to Shatner’s tweet, cleverly claiming that the Star Wars franchise is “far far away” from Mars. The tweet also came with a GIF of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, throwing shade at Shatner’s seemingly cocky behavior.

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, also shared the image on the microblogging. But instead of acknowledging the chevron’s likeness to the Starfleet symbol, the actor wrote that it looks like a boomerang to him.

Hamill made a follow-up tweet saying that the mark on the Martian surface looks more like a crescent roll — something that Shatner doesn’t agree with.

The online feud between the two actors went on and got a little personal. But at the end of it all, Shatner assured both fandoms that he and Hamill “love each other” in their own special way. After all, the Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate is not something that necessarily requires a winner, as many Trekkies are Star Wars fans as well, and lots of Star Wars fans also love Star Trek.

Meanwhile, for those who are not familiar, Star Trek-looking shapes on the Martian surface were formed by wind, lava, and dunes. According to CNN, there were crescent-shaped dunes at one point in Mars’ history. A lava eruption moved these dunes around but didn’t cover them. As the lava cooled, the dunes pointed up like islands. But since they were still dunes, the wind could still move them. When these dunes migrated, they left footprints called dune casts.

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Sources: Cinema Blend, Screen Rant

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