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NASA has vehemently denied that there are living "insect- and reptile-like creatures" on Mars, after a professor at Ohio University made the controversial claim earlier this week.
"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," Alana Johnson, NASA's Public Affairs Officer, said in a statement to Fox News.
Johnson added that one of NASA's objectives is "the search for life in the universe" and with the upcoming Mars 2020 rover, the government space agency hopes to take the next steps "in exploring the potential of past life on the Red Planet."
originally posted by: ArMaP
a reply to: LookingAtMars
I don't know the URL for the original press release, but both the phys.org link on the opening post and the EurekaAlert one were saved by archive.org, so they are not completely missing.
originally posted by: LookingAtMars
NASA didn't like it. It was 404'ed at many places. Why is that?
Late last month, an Ohio University entomologist claimed that there are fossilized and living insects on Mars. The university went so far as to write a press release about his findings, which has since been deleted. What is it hiding?
The university later removed the press release from its website stating that Romoser does not wish to engage with the media regarding his findings. In an email, an Ohio University spokesperson said "the faculty member no longer wishes to engage with media regarding this research, so we have opted to remove the story from our website."
The Ohio University spokesperson did not answer specific questions such as whether the university believes there are insects on Mars, if it stands behind the research, and how it decides what press releases to write up. The original press release has been archived here.