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This article was published on May 7, 2021

Mushrooms on Mars is a hoax — stop believing hack ‘scientists’

Science? I don't think that word means what you think it does

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There is no evidence that mushrooms or any other form of life exists on Mars.

The Mars rover did not take a picture of fungi growing on the planet. And so-called ‘scientists’ did not explain the existence of fungi on Mars in a research paper.

If there are mushrooms on Mars, the people on our planet have yet to uncover any evidence of their existence.

But what about the headlines?

Simply put: they’re bunk. As far as we can tell, all of the recent articles discussing the “discovery of fungi” on Mars are based on a recently published research paper discussing photographs from the Mars rover.

The paper is titled “Fungi on Mars? Evidence of Growth and Behavior From Sequential Images.” And it’s a doozy.

Per the paper:

Fungi thrive in radiation intense environments. Sequential photos document that fungus-like Martian specimens emerge from the soil and increase in size, including those resembling puffballs (Basidiomycota). After obliteration of spherical specimens by the rover wheels, new sphericals-some with stalks-appeared atop the crests of old tracks.

Okay. Uh… check please?

The only thing the researchers appear to get right is that some fungi do thrive in radiation-filled environments. But those environments are all on Earth. The persistent radiation at the Chernobyl site, for example, is not equal to, analogous to, or equivalent to the radiation we find in deep space or on Mars.

After that, the researchers claim that NASA images show the Mars rover destroying a patch of fungi with its tracks and a subsequent new patch of fungi growing in its wake.

Here’s the pics:

Credit: NASA
OMG, those rocks look like puffball mushrooms! Oh yeah, I forgot the gravity and erosion factors are different on planets that aren’t Earth.

If you believe those images demonstrate fungus growing on Mars, I’m about to blow your frickin’ mind. Check out this pic:

You see that? To heck with fungus, that’s an entire highway growing out of the sand in front of a moving bus. You can clearly see that the Earth’s sandy crust is being broken apart as the expanding highway organism grows beneath it.

Or, if you’re the “Occam’s Razor” type: the wind is just blowing sand around.

I’ve never been to Mars, but I’m led to believe there are rocks, dust, and wind. Do we really need to go any further in debunking this nonsense?

You can read the whole paper here. But before you do, may I suggest you read about the history of its lead author?

Credit: Brainmind
This is him on his website “Brainmind.” I’m not making that up.

This ‘scientist’ has been pushing this same theory for a long time and the most recent paper is just more junk.

At the end of the day, science isn’t done by looking at an image, coming to a conclusion, and then listing pre-existing facts about mushrooms until you’ve convinced yourself there’s life on an alien planet and NASA’s trying to cover it up.

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