Earlier this week, a professor at the Ohio University made a controversial claim, suggesting that insect and reptile forms of life inhabit Mars. However, NASA immediately denied the existence of such extraterrestrial creatures.
William Romoser, emeritus professor at Ohio University, spent the past several years studying photos from various Mars rovers, reaching the conclusion that life on the Red Planet exists. Romoser specializes in arbovirology and general/medical entomology. He claims he had spotted a number of “insect-like forms, structured similarly to bees, as well as reptile-like forms.”
“There is apparent diversity among the Martian insect-like fauna which display many features similar to Terran insects that are interpreted as advanced groups — for example, the presence of wings, wing flexion, agile gliding/flight, and variously structured leg elements,” Romoser stated.
However, Alana Johnson, NASA’s Public Affairs Officer, stated during a Fox News interview that “the collective general opinion of the large majority of the scientific community is that current conditions on the surface of Mars are not suitable for liquid water or complex life.”
She also added that one of the space agency’s goals is to search for life in the universe. With the launch of the Mars 2020 rover approaching, NASA is preparing to take the next steps to explore “the potential of past life on the Red Planet.”
Johnson also said that the space agency did not discover any signs of extraterrestrial life yet. Still, it will continue to explore the universe in search of answers to fundamental questions we all have.
“From studying water on Mars, probing promising ‘oceans worlds,’ such as Enceladus, Europa, and Titan to looking for biosignatures in the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system, NASA’s science missions are working together with a goal to find unmistakable signs of life beyond Earth,” Johnson said.
A similar statement was given by NASA a month ago, when a scientist that used to work for the agency, Gilbert Levin, published an op-ed that said he is convinced authorities are hiding evidence of life found on Mars.