Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s subcommittee on space, had a perplexing question for NASA scientists: Did people ever live on Mars thousands of years ago?
As he asks the question, you can see a guy behind him try to keep from smiling.
The panel of scientists seated in front of him, however, did a better job of hiding their laughter. With that said, Dr. Farley, had to correct him immediately.
“So, the evidence is Mars was different billions of years ago. Not thousands of years ago. Umm…there’s no evidence that I’m aware of. I would say that’s extremely unlikely.”
While an interesting question, it just goes to show how Republicans in key science positions in Congress have no idea what’s going on in the world – and the Universe. Not a clue.
Just earlier this month, this same GOP Congressman praised President Trump for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, saying he seriously doubts 97% of scientists wh0 say CO2 in the atmosphere was leading to climate change, a position NASA is in virtual agreement on.
Here were some reactions from people regarding his question:
Amazingly, it seems like a serious question. Like, “some people” believe this. Is it really true?
— Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) July 18, 2017
Yeah he was being totally serious.
— Shannon Stirone (@shannonmstirone) July 18, 2017
We’re in good hands.
— Spencer Garrett (@1SpencerGarrett) July 18, 2017
“…thousands of years ago…”
— Aaron Lazenby (@alazenby) July 18, 2017
Didn’t think it was possible to outdo Hank Johnson’s 2010 question about additional Navy troops causing Guam to tip over. I was wrong.
— Patrick Lacey (@PatLacey07) July 18, 2017
Even Rep. Rohrabacher’s 10 year old space policy staffer was embarrassed by his boss’s question about Martians.
— Alex Volberding (@avolberding) July 18, 2017
Maybe the right answer should have been, “We don’t know, NASA needs more funding to send archaeologists there as soon as possible, sir!”
— rgrokett (@rgrokett) July 18, 2017
I guess the problem is not the question (“there are no stupid questions”) but that medieval people can reach leading positions in society.
— Johan Johansson (@TheRealTroff) July 18, 2017