Wait, What?! The Martian Director Says He Knew About Water On Mars ‘Months Ago’ — Did NASA Hold Out For Publicity?

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Uhm, come again?

Yesterday brought HUGE news as NASA announced that they could finally confirm there was liquid water on the surface of Mars.

When the news broke, there were several people who believed that NASA knew about this for a while and they were just waiting for the most opportune moment to release their findings.

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This theory is backed up by the fact that that Matt Damon‘s upcoming sci-fi flick The Martian — about an astronaut stranded on Mars — hits theaters Friday!

This was just too much of a coincidence for many people and the director of the movie, Ridley Scott, didn’t help this theory when he revealed:

“I knew that months ago.”


Scott went on to say:

“When I first talked to NASA, we got into all kinds of stuff and I said, ‘So I know you’ve got down there [these] massive glaciers.’ And he said, ├óΓé¼╦£Yeah, that the massive white thing [on the surface of Mars] that gets covered with dust, we think that’s ice.’ And I said, ├óΓé¼╦£Wow! Does that mean there was an ocean?’ Are we right now what Mars was 750 million years ago?’ And they went, ├óΓé¼╦£Uh, good question.’ So they want to go up there and find out.”

Unfortunately for the 77-year-old, he didn’t find out about the water on Mars until after the film had gone into production. When asked if it would have changed some of the story, he said:

“[Damon’s astronaut] would’ve found the edge of a glacier, definitely. It would be fascinating,” said Scott. “But then I would’ve lost a great sequence. He has to make water, and the steaming device, and put up the plastic tents, which creates the humidity, which grows the plants, which is the most basic form of irrigation.”

We wonder how long NASA actually knew about this! What else are they keeping from us?! Conspiracy theory time!

What do you think? Are you surprised that this information was kept secret until they could generate a little more press for the space program by releasing it before The Martian?

[Image via Dominic Chan/WENN20th Century Fox.]

Sep 29, 2015 10:18am PDT

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