Do These NASA Images Show Mushrooms Growing on Mars?

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Images from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover appear to show mushrooms and fungi growing on the Martian surface, according to the claim of a group of scientists, while NASA has yet to confirm or refute the images that are shown below.

A study was published this week in the Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science Reviews, alleging that objects seen in NASA photos taken by the Curiosity rover on Mars as evidence of biological life.

The research was subjected to extensive peer review by six independent scientists and eight senior editors. Eleven reviewers recommended the publication, after certain revisions, while only three rejected the suggestions.

Martian mushrooms?

Huge fungi-like objects were spotted on Mars. The perfectly circular and spherical objects certainly are something very different than the rocks found around them.

“There are no geological or other abiogenic forces on Earth which can produce sedimentary structures, by the hundreds, which have mushroom shapes, stems, stalks, and shed what looks like spores on the surrounding surface,” said co-author of the study Dr Regina Dass, of the Department of Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, India. “In fact, fifteen specimens were photographed by NASA growing out of the ground in just three days.”

”As we detail in our article, 90 percent of terrestrial methane is biological in origin and seasonal fluctuations in atmospheric methane are directly correlated with plant growth and death cycles,” added Dr. Vincenzo Rizzo, a National Research Council biogeologist. “The cyclic fluctuations in Martian methane is reflective of active biology which is also depicted in before and after pictures of specimens photographed by NASA.”

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Key ingredients needed

For biological life to be present on Mars, obviously, water is essential. Scientists already know water is locked up in polar ice caps, and the NASA Mars Global Surveyor found gullies that could have been created by flowing water.

Another important element is methane, and in 2018, Curiosity confirmed dramatic seasonal increases of methane in the Martian atmosphere.