Dana Rohrabacher Asks NASA: Was Mars A Good Place To Raise A Kid?
California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher apparently doesn't have any real science interest in planetary exploration, so during a hearing with a panel of planetary scientists today before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology's Space Subcommittee (Motto: "Science is a Lie from the Pit Of Hell"), he figured he'd at least check up on something that's been bothering him. Particularly, whether there's any evidence of ancient civilization on Mars, since he hears that Mars has been around for thousands of years.
The unlucky scientist who had to take Rohrabacher's question without giggling even once was Ken Farley, project scientist for NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission. Really, it was all his fault for saying that until about 3.6 billion (not thousand. Way more) years ago, Mars probably had lakes, rivers, and possibly even an ocean. Well, gosh, if it had all that, maybe there were Martians, huh? So if Mars was so different a few thousand years back, Rohrabacher wanted to know, "Was it possible there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?"
A fresh-baked Mark Watney Martian potato (low-poop variety) to Farley for his very patient reply:
Farley: So, the evidence is that Mars was different billions of years ago, not thousands of years ago, and there is no evidence that I'm aware of that --
Rohrabacher: Would you rule that out? See, there's some people that -- anyway --
Farley: I would say that is extremely unlikely.
Alex Jones talked about secret Mars colonies and alien-human hybrids Thursday, and it was like seeing an old friend who's off their meds.
We want answers, dammit. Also, it's your OPEN THREAD.
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