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

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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:

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Credit: NASA