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Holy Cow, Stop Everything: Han Solo’s Carbonite-Frozen Body Has Been Found On Mercury

We'd know that laser brain anywhere!

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NASA’s Mercury probe took a heckuva lot of pictures back in 2011, and scientists have been sifting through them ever since. Last week they released a new image of the planet’s surface and… yeah, you nerf herders need to see this. It definitely looks familiar.

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See, that looks like Han Solo, right? He’s even got his hands up and everything. And we aren’t alone in thinking this, judging from the statement that NASA put out:

 If there are two things you should remember, it’s not to cross a Hutt, and that Mercury’s surface can throw up all kinds of surprises. In this image, a portion of the terrain surrounding the northern margin of the Caloris basin hosts an elevated block in the shape of a certain carbonite-encased smuggler who can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. This block may be part of the original surface that pre-dates the formation of Caloris, which was shaped by material ejected during the basin-forming event.

Really, they think it has something with pareidolia, a phenomenon where people see human shapes in common non-human objects. But what do they know? They’re just scientists. It’s clearly Han Solo. Case closed.

(via The Mary Sue and Messenger, images via Empire Strikes Back and NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington)

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