NASA has admitted that it spent billions of dollars fabricating images of salt deposits on the planet Mars purely to bump ticket sales for Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’, though it has drawn a blank in fabricating acting talent for its star, Matt Damon.
Suspicions were first raised when data from orbiting satellites had been altered to spell out the script to ‘Good Will Hunting’.
This event has proved more controversial than the faked Moon landings, which were used to promote the product launch of the Galaxy chocolate bar.
A NASA spokesman said: ‘Human colonisation of Mars is the stuff of science fiction and so is Matt Damon’s career. But this isn’t the first time we’ve used technology to counterfeit the improbable. Surely you noticed Lance Armstrong’s urine samples, Adam Sandler’s popularity or Donald Trump’s election campaign?’