Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) asked a panel of experts Tuesday during a House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hearing if there was ever “a civilization” on Mars.
In a question to a panel of planetary scientists, Rohrabacher asked: "You have indicated that Mars had, was totally different thousands of years ago. Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?"
Dr. Kenneth Farley, a project scientist for the Mars Rover 2020 Project, informed the congressman that no such evidence exists.
"So, the evidence is that Mars was different billions of years ago, not thousands of years ago," Farley said. "There is no evidence that I'm aware of."
But Rohrabacher continued to press Farley about the potential of an ancient civilization on the Red Planet.
"Would you rule that out?" Rohrabacher asked.
"I would say that is extremely unlikely," Farley replied.
After Rohrabacher concluded his line of questioning, Space Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) joked that the committee is “looking forward to finding out what’s up there” on Mars.
Twitter users mocked Rohrabacher over the question.
California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher asked NASA about ancient civilizations from Mars https://t.co/2jkFTn8Iyr https://t.co/l6CQnxR3iU— Salvador Hernandez (@Salvador Hernandez)1500408203.0
"Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) on Tuesday pressed NASA on whether ancient civilizations existed on Mars." < slow… https://t.co/9GHYpksfG1— Cali Eugene (@Cali Eugene)1500410682.0
Here's the question from Rep. Rohrabacher today about ancient civilizations on Mars. It's spectacular. https://t.co/ysdM8fJXcI— Eric Berger (@Eric Berger)1500405941.0
Here’s Rep. Rohrabacher asking for extra time during a hearing to muse about ancient civilizations on Mars. https://t.co/qiEeWjb7fV— Rafi Schwartz (@Rafi Schwartz)1500406516.0
(H/T Washington Examiner)