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NASA spotted mushrooms on Mars

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The theory of three researchers who are not new to this type of announcement has already caused NASA to discuss, in the photos the possible proof that there is life on Mars.

A conversation mentioning “life on other planets” conjures images of intergalactic battles, blaster shots, or spooky gray silhouettes that awaken us at night to transport us to cosmic wonderland above our heads. Typically, extraterrestrial life forms, at least the first ones we discover, will look less like “Hollywood”: for example, mushrooms.

mushrooms on Mars

What research hypothesizes the existence of life in space?

Precisely of these organisms has been talked about in the case of some shots of NASA coming from the surface of Mars. 

The microbiologist Xinli Wei of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the astrophysicist Rudolph Schild of Harvard-Smithsonian, and Rhawn Gabriel Joseph (the latter curiously nicknamed “Tiger King”) Examined footage of the Curiosity rover finding, in furrows drawn on the surface by the platform and elsewhere, what the three scientists claimed was the first life form to be observed on the Red Planet.

In the conclusions of their work, published here, the three authors write: “The specimens emerge from the ground and have gradually increasing dimensions (…) new spherical ones, some with stems, have appeared along the top of the crests of the old tracks (of the rover, ed) “. In short, it would be precise “balloon” fungi, lichens, algae, and molds.

How NASA describes the shots of the Curiosity probe

Now let’s move on to the less exciting part: the paper has not yet been subjected to the peer review process, with which the scientific community validates the work of its members, and is not in line with NASA’s assessments. The American body claims that what can be seen in the images is nothing more than the effect of the seasonal melting of carbon dioxide ice.

It should also be noted that Wei, Schild, and Rhawn had already announced to the world the discovery of space mushrooms in 2020. Furthermore, in 2014, Schild had asked the American agency to examine what, according to him, was a living organism. And which turned out to be a simple, inanimate rock.

On the other hand, perhaps on the basis of past experiences, the three scholars this time went with lead feet, and in the abstract (a kind of short summary) of the study we actually read that “the similarities in morphology are not a proof of life “, although” the growth, movement and changes in shape and position “of the alleged fungi would support” the hypothesis that there is life on Mars “.

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