On Friday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that, contrary to a recent allegation on Alex Jones' radio show, there are no child slaves on Mars. The day before, a guest on Jones' program said that "there is a colony on Mars" made up of children who were kidnapped and brought there two decades earlier. However, a spokesperson for NASA told the Daily Beast the next day that, although there are unmanned rovers on the planet's surface, "there are no humans on Mars."
Former CIA operative Robert David Steele made the unusual allegation on the Thursday edition of The Alex Jones Show, which is broadcast on 118 radio stations across the country.
"This may strike your listeners as way out, but we actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20-year ride, so that once they get to Mars, they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony."
In response, Jones claimed that "90 percent of the NASA missions are secret," and said he was "told by high level engineers that you have no idea, there's so much stuff going on." He didn't directly say whether or not he agrees with Steele's claim of a child slave colony, however.
"We see a bunch of — a mechanical wreckage on Mars, and people say, 'oh look, it looks like, you know, a mechanics [sic],'" Jones continued. "They go, 'oh, you're a conspiracy theorist.' Clearly, they don't want us looking into what's happening. Every time probes go over, they turn them off."
But NASA spokesperson Guy Webster said that Steele's claim is incorrect.
“There are no humans on Mars," Webster told the Daily Beast. "There are active rovers on Mars. There was a rumor going around last week that there weren’t. There are. But there are no humans.”
According to NASA, humans first landed a device on Mars in 1971, when the Mars 3 lander successfully touched down on the planet's surface. Since then, several other probes have been sent to gather data on the planet, most notably as part of NASA's popular Mars Pathfinder mission. But although many popular films have depicted humans exploring Mars in person, NASA and other authorities maintain that this has never happened.
Jones has promoted many unorthodox theories on his radio show. In 2013, he said the Air Force had deployed a "weather weapon" to create floods in Texas, and insinuated two years later that the government is "putting chemicals in the water that turn the freakin' frogs gay."