NASA scientists do not know everything, but they know a lot. They are in fact rocket scientists and it turns out many congressmen are not. That is fine, as they don’t have to be. However, a question that was asked at a recent House of Representative hearing on Science, Space, and Technology’s Space Subcommittee displayed the sharp contrast.
Californian Republican Dana Rohrabacher was given the opportunity to ask the esteemed NASA scientists some questions about space.
He took the time to ask this:
You have indicated that Mars… Was totally different thousands of years ago. Is it possible that there was a civilization living on Mars thousands of years ago?
Dr Kenneth Farley struggled to keep a serious face when answering:
So, the evidence is that Mars was different billions of years ago, not thousands of years ago, and there is no evidence I’m aware of that —
Rohrabacher accepting his error then asked:
“Would you rule that out?”‘
Rohrabacher then restrained himself from finishing his next sentence:
See some people…
Dr Farley promptly replied:
I would say that is extremely unlikely.
Science is evidence based. They work with what the evidence shows them.
A bit of background on Rohrabacher shows us he was a speechwriter to former President Ronald Reagan, he is also a climate change denier. He has also been very interested in space technology for a long time. From 1997 to January 2005, he was the chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.
Who knows what Rohrabacher was going to say next? Maybe it was something along the lines of: ‘Some people believe we came from Mars?’ or ‘Some people saw a movie where there was life on Mars,’ or ‘Some people can’t believe I am still in government with questions like this.’
Rohrabacher chose to ask a speculative question here, one that used an incorrect time frame. Speculation is all well and good, but without any science to back it up, it is just that; speculation.