GOPer Asks NASA Scientist Dumbest Question We’ve Heard In A Long Time. Why Are We Not Surprised?

Updated July 27, 2017

During a recent hearing on upcoming NASA mission, a GOP lawmaker showed to those watching that he watches “Ancient Aliens” during his free time. Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher from California decided he needed to make an aside during a recent committee meeting with NASA scientists. In front of everyone, and now going viral on YouTube, the GOP lawmaker asked the intelligent scientists if they’ve ever found evidence of any long-lost civilizations on Mars. Rohrabacher was very serious about his questioning and really wanted to know the answer.

During the Tuesday meeting, the GOP lawmaker addressed his question to project scientist Ken Farley of the NASA Mars 2020 rover mission.

“You have indicated that Mars was totally different thousands of years ago. Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?”

Although Farley never mentioned any difference on Mars from “thousands of years ago”, he set the record in front of the lawmakers straight.

“So, the evidence is that Mars was different billions of years ago, not thousands of years ago,” he answered, in a clip posted online by

The GOP lawmaker had to get his two cents in.

“Billions, well, yes,” Rohrabacher confirmed.

“There’s no evidence that I’m aware of,” Farley said.

Although the respectable scientist just told him that no ancient civilizations have ever colonized Mars to the best of his knowledge, the Republican representative persisted in his interrogation about the ancient aliens he believes lived on Mars.

“Would you rule that out? See, there’s some people, well, anyway,” Rohrabacher added.

“I would say that is extremely unlikely,” Farley concluded.

While the country laughs at Rohrabacher’s strange question, the NASA scientist was forced to take it seriously because the organization requires federal funding to continue its amazing work in outerspace.

The Mars 2020 rover mission attempts to accomplish “high-priority science goals for Mars exploration,” which include a relentless search for evidence of life on the red planet.

The NASA mission overview states:

“The mission takes the next step by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself. The Mars 2020 rover introduces a drill that can collect core samples of the most promising rocks and soils and set them aside in a ‘cache’ on the surface of Mars.”

The Mars 2020 mission has a planned launch date in the summer of 2020. It will arrive on Earth’s neighboring planet the following February. NASA will continue to observe the fourth rock from the son for one Martian year, which is about 687 days on Earth.

As you can imagine the public had a lot to say about the GOP’s alien civilization theories.

“He wasn’t saying NASA is lying about some big cover up, he was just asking about the possibility of ancient civilizations because he wanted to know from the experts.”

“This is what happens when old people turn on the History Channel and start watching Ancient Aliens.”

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