Curiosity Rover Found Fossil Proof of Alien Life Forms on Mars, Claims Expert
Recently, NASA made headlines as the Curiosity Rover investigated some mysterious tube-like rock formations on the surface of Mars.
In an official tweet from the rover, NASA suggested that these "stick-like figures" are possibly the result of some form of crystals or minerals that have left unusually shaped deposits in the Martial rock face.
Meanwhile, back on Mars... I'm checking out these stick-like figures. Each is about a quarter-inch long. Maybe they're crystals? Or they could be minerals that filled spaces where crystals dissolved away. Stay tuned! Science continues. pic.twitter.com/4oR70BVht3— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) January 4, 2018
The more sensational among the world's press have been quick to label this as definitive proof of the existence of aliens, but thus far, very few genuine scientific experts or academic professors have been willing to support these claims—until now, that is.
Barry DiGregorio, research fellow at the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology in the United Kingdom, has spoken to British tabloid newspaper The Star, and is eager to make it clear: in his opinion, based on years of study, he's certain that these shapes were created by living creatures that once slid upon the Martian surface.
According to DiGregorio, these shapes are "trace fossils," which are fossils that have been made by the imprint of once-living creatures that have long since passed away. Typically, trace fossils can include footprints, tracks, or other markings, and in this case, DiGregorio believes, we're looking at the imprints made by soft-bellied animals that once made their way through Martian mud.
Adding greater credence to this theory is NASA scientist Ashwin Vasavada, who is working as the science chief on the Curiosity project. In response to questions about the origin of these shapes, Vasavada has said that he "won't rule out" the possibility that they could come from organic life forms.
So, according to a genuine scientific scholar, these marking are the result of aliens on Mars. What more proof do we need?
Here's a wider shot. The red box shows roughly where the close-up of the stick-like features goes. Note: this was taken from a different angle. More info at https://t.co/cfLajNkRVX pic.twitter.com/iNpc50Zcd4— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) January 4, 2018
Herein lies a lesson in thoroughly checking the source for a scientific theory. While DiGregorio is active within the scientific community, he is hardly without bias. DiGregorio has written several books about the possibility of life on Mars, which he himself willingly describes as "partisan." He takes data that supports his belief in Martian life forms, and ignores anything that doesn't fit with his entrenched beliefs.
While a scientist can hardly be criticized for having a personal belief, this doesn't make DiGregorio an impartial source of wisdom on the subject of Martian aliens. His theories have to be taken with a pinch of salt, as he'd likely argue for the existence of aliens, no matter what data was before him.
As for Vasavada's refusal to rule out the existence of life on Mars, this shows a little more scientific rigor—he's not going to ignore any possible explanation for the stick figures, but until there's more information available, we probably won't get any official statements from NASA on the subject.
Ultimately, all that we can do is watch this space, and hope that Curiosity is able to figure out a little more about where these mysterious markings came from.