A bug expert claims he found life on Mars, so NASA should stop its search for it.
Entomologist William Romoser, an emeritus professor at Ohio University, revealed that images captured by NASA’s rovers definitely show there are insects on the fiery planet. Presenting his claims at a scientific conference that took place in Missouri this week, he stated that life has always existed, and it currently exists on Mars.
Life on Mars Always Existed
“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,” Dr. Romoser said.
Terran is a notion frequently met in science fiction to indicate an inhabitant of the Earth. However, Dr. Romoser says there is no trace of fiction in his claims. An exoskeleton and jointed appendages are enough evidence to determine the identification of an arthropod, he explained.
An arthropod is an organism with an exoskeleton, such as a spider, bug, or crab. Dr. Romoser explains that three distinct body areas, a pair of antennae, and six legs are usually enough to identify an insect. These traits should, therefore, be as valid on Mars as they are on Earth in establishing a creature as insect-like.
“On these bases, arthropodan, insect-like forms can be seen in the Mars rover photos. The presence of higher metazoan organisms on Mars implies the presence of nutrient/energy sources and processes, food chains and webs, and water as elements functioning in a viable, if extreme, ecological setting sufficient to sustain life,” he explained.
Metazoan is yet another term for ‘animal.’
NASA Doesn’t Accept the Concept
Dr. Romoser is not an impostor, but a distinct specialist who’s taught and studied at Ohio University for almost five decades; he’s also published a few books on entomology. However, NASA now claims he must be wrong.
“We have no scientific data that would support this claim,” a NASA spokesperson told tech site CNET. “There is insufficient oxygen to sustain the metabolism of metazoans on Mars. On Earth, animals, especially as complex as these, need lots of oxygen. There are only traces in Mars’ atmosphere.”
The space agency’s Curiosity spacecraft has registered a number of peculiar observations in the last few months. Back in June, it measured a shockingly high rise in methane, a gas that is generated by biological processes on Earth.
The last curious discovery came last week when Curiosity reported huge alternations in the amount of oxygen in the Red Planet’s atmosphere. The experts still struggle to find a cause of this peculiar finding. Overall, Mars’ atmosphere contains only approximately 0.16 percent oxygen, while Earth registers almost 21 percent.
Dr. Romoser said that there is, even if quite minimal as some point out, a substantial basis for further research, and hinted his study would put to trial questions about biology, but also ‘social and political’ ones.
NASA’s forthcoming expedition to Mars will launch in 2020, and it is expected to reach the Red Planet’s surface in February 2021. This particular mission will be able to search evidence of ancient microbial life, as NASA believes there is no life on the planet at the moment.