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NASA rover on Mars photographed something familiar to 'Star Trek' fans

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Curiosity, the NASA rover driving on Mars, photographed something familiar to "Star Trek" fans - a rock resembling the delta-shaped symbol worn by Starfleet officers. An amateur astronomer noticed the rock in an image the space agency published. The rover is supposed to be helping astronomers study how water flowed on ancient Mars, but who cares about that when you can see pop culture in the rocks? Live long and prosper, Curiosity.

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