President Barracks Obama's newly announced re-energising of the Space Programme has led to an unexpected phenomenon.
Hundreds of thousands of acres of the Nevada Desert have been bought up by speculators keen to cash in on the moon and Mars landings conspiracy theories before they get off the ground.
Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and John Lennon have formed a consortium of "dead" celebrities all of whom have poured millions into securing options on the desert acreage.
The common ground that has brought this unusual group together is a firm belief in the conspiracy theories that have kept their legends alive.
Marilyn Monroe has procured 1000 acres and she hopes the fake landings will be carried out on her property. "I will be delighted to sing Happy Birthday Mr President one more time" she quipped through a medium.
"After all", commented Uri Geller, Michael Jackson's spokesman, "we represent a large number of dead celebrities whose careers have taken off since they passed and whose net worth cannot now be estimated".
Princess Diana, speaking through Geller has stated that the boom in the Nevada Desert in unlike anything she has seen since the surge in interest in grassy knolls in Dallas, Texas immediately after President Obama's election.