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I knew there was water on Mars months ago, says Ridley Scott

Technically Incorrect: The director of "The Martian" says NASA showed him revealing photos of the Red Planet while he was in production for the new movie.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

Matt Damon, lost on Mars. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

There seems to be a little excitement about the evidence of flowing water on Mars.

This is especially the case in California, where I understand Elon Musk is already working out how to build a Hyperpipe to siphon all that water back here, where we so sorely need it.

Not everyone is quite as excited.

Director Ridley Scott sat on a velvet throne (in my imagination) and mused that this was all water under the bridge for him.

As he told Yahoo Movies: "I knew that months ago."

Scott, you see, is the director of and which opens this coming weekend. This is a movie about a human left behind on Mars and suddenly turning green and growing strange antennas out of his head. (I haven't seen it yet, as you can tell.)

NASA consulted on the movie and Scott described his conversations in highly filmic dialogue.

"When I first talked to NASA," Scott said, "we got into all kinds of stuff and I said, 'So I know you've got down there [these] massive glaciers.' And he said, 'Yeah, the massive white thing [on the surface of Mars] that gets covered with dust, we think that's ice.'"

To which Scott, now excited, replied: "Wow! Does that mean there was an ocean?' Are we right now what Mars was 750 million years ago?"

He says that NASA wasn't entirely sure. I'm sure, though, that we are still in our primitive phase down here.

Still, Scott told the New York Times that he knew about the water discovery specifically two months ago. This, however, was too late to incorporate this fascinating discovery into the movie's story line.

NASA wasn't immediately available for comment.

Of course, those with a Ph.D. in pedantry might point out that this water discovery isn't quite as new as NASA or Scott make it sound. As my colleague Eric Mack pointed out, images of liquid on Mars had been seen in 2011. It was only new analysis of the pixels that confirmed it was water.

But if you're in Hollywood, you have to make things seem larger than life. In this, I am sure "The Martian" will succeed. (For further on that, do check out CNET's .)

I'm disappointed, however, that no political candidate has immediately come forward with a Martian water policy.

I wonder if, as more natural resources are discovered on Mars, it will become an ideal place for exclusive one-percenters and Libertarians to create a new idyll just for themselves, far away from our earthly mess.