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Ex-NASA scientist Farouk El-Baz debunks Mars apocalypse claim

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Farouk al-Baz, an Egyptian American geologist who worked at NASA during the Apollo program, was moved to debunk the pronouncement of a man named Ahmed Shaheen, the self-described “Nostradamus of the Arabs.” Shaheen stated that Judgment Day had already occurred on Mars and that Earth is next, according to a Friday story in Al Arabiya. El-Baz asked, on Egyptian television, “From where did he bring his nonsense?”

Shaheen, who claims to be a member of something called “The American Union for Astronomers” and a researcher for Amnesty International, claimed that NASA had recorded the sun rising in the west six years ago. According to Islamic tradition, the sun rising in the west is a sign of the apocalypse.

Shaheen went on to claim that creatures on Mars knew what was going to happen and fled the planet to Earth where they became progenitors of the white race, settling initially in Scandinavia. While most scientists have concluded that Mars was once Earth-like, its change to the arid, nearly airless world we see today happened starting billions of years ago, Homo sapiens did not arise on Earth until roughly 200,000 years ago.

El-Baz derided Shaheen’s claim as being more derived from the occult than from science. He suggested, likely tongue in cheek, that Shaheen visit Mars personally to see whether the apocalypse has happened there first hand. Shaheen shot back that El-Baz was part of a conspiracy to hide the truth, suggesting the NASA would soon have a surprise announcement concerning first contact with aliens.

El-Baz worked for NASA between 1967 and 1972, selected the Apollo lunar landing sites. He also helped train the Apollo astronauts in the science of field geology, especially remote observation of interesting sites on the moon. Since then he has held a number of academic and government posts in the United States and Egypt, Currently he is a Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and Adjunct Professor of Geology at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, in Cairo, Egypt.