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GOP rep asks NASA panel if there were ancient civilizations on Mars
GOP rep asks NASA panel if there were ancient civilizations on Mars
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"You have indicated that Mars had, was totally different thousands of years ago. Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?" Rohrabacher asked.

Kenneth Farley, a project scientist on NASA's Mars Rover 2020 Project, said the congressman's premise behind the question was inaccurate because evidence showed that Mars was significantly different billions of years ago, not thousands.
Thousands... billions... whatever
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"There is no evidence that I'm aware of," Farley said.

"Would you rule that out?" Rohrabacher asked, referring to civilizations existing on the planet.

"I would say that is extremely unlikely," Farley responded.

Embarrassing enough if it were just any member of congress, but
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Mr. Rohrabacher is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee and has also served as a member of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee since he first entered Congress in 1989, presiding 8 years as Chairman.
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Re: GOP rep asks NASA panel if there were ancient civilizations on Mars
Reply #1
Jesus. :staregonk:

  • borealis
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Re: GOP rep asks NASA panel if there were ancient civilizations on Mars
Reply #2
Haha.

  • MikeS
Re: GOP rep asks NASA panel if there were ancient civilizations on Mars
Reply #3
The NASA guy should have given the Senator all the Piazza Smith stuff on Pyramid Inches as a teaser.

  • Faid
Re: GOP rep asks NASA panel if there were ancient civilizations on Mars
Reply #4
It's the same kind of inquiry as "Can we mine the Moon". I'm pretty sure Trump has given specific orders to "find something in all that space-y stuff we can make a YUGE profit off, otherwise it's all useless".
Who even made the rule that we cannot group ducks and fish together for the simple reason that they are both aquatic? If I want to group them that way and it serves my purpose then I can jolly well do it however I want to and it is still a nested hierarchy and you can't tell me that it's not.

  • Peez
Re: GOP rep asks NASA panel if there were ancient civilizations on Mars
Reply #5
It's the same kind of inquiry as "Can we mine the Moon". I'm pretty sure Trump has given specific orders to "find something in all that space-y stuff we can make a YUGE profit off, otherwise it's all useless".
I would argue that "Can we mine the moon?" is much more sensible (though still silly).  Technically we have already mined it, but the $50,000,000 per kg price of the rock is a bit expensive for current markets. :)

  • MikeS
Re: GOP rep asks NASA panel if there were ancient civilizations on Mars
Reply #6
If we capture a metallic asteroid of even modest size then that will supply the present earth demands for iron/steel for centuries.

But shuttling enough booster rockets, fuel and controls to a candidate rock and then slinging into earth orbit is a bit of a challenge that even Walter Brown hasn't figured out how to do.

Re: GOP rep asks NASA panel if there were ancient civilizations on Mars
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Life will find a way
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor