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Detailed NASA photos show where ‘The Martian’ would have been stranded on Mars

Updated 4 years ago
Published Oct 12th, 2015 5:55PM EDT
The Martian Real Mars Locations NASA
Image: 20th Century Fox

The Martian is the talk of the town, an incredible space movie that makes traveling – and surviving on Mars – seem entirely plausible. Using technology that’s carefully inspired from what’s currently available to astronauts, Andy Weir invented an adventure in space that’s scary, yet very enjoyable. NASA certainly helped out with the movie, as director Ridley Scott and star Matt Damon revealed, and the space agency seems to be quite psyched about the entire project. Probably because it means extra publicity for a real upcoming mission – NASA announced that it plans to send a manned mission to March in the very near future.

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NASA loves The Martian so much that it actually provided detailed pictures of the locations depicted in Weir’s book. Using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) placed on the Mars Reconnnaissance Orbiter, NASA photographed Acidalia Planitia, where Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) spends most of his time on Mars; the Ares 3 landing site; the Ares 4 landing site; and also the western edge of Marth Crater.

These newly released NASA images follow below.

Acidalia Planitia

Ares 3 landing site

Ares 4 landing site

Western edge of Marth Crater

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.