New images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal details of real regions on Mars where a new Hollywood movie, “The Martian,” places future astronaut adventures.
The novel of the same name used actual locations on Mars for the landing sites for its “Ares 3” and “Ares 4” missions. The landing sites for “Ares 3” is on a Martian plain named Acidalia Planitia. The base for the “Ares 4” mission was set inside a crater named Schiaparelli.
(Left: In the novel and movie “The Martian,” an astronaut’s adventures take him to the rim of Mawrth Crater. This image from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the nature of this terrain. Right: This image from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a location associated with the novel and movie, “The Martian.” It is the tale’s planned landing site for the Ares 4 mission.)
Views of these two sites, and other locations pertinent to the fictional story, are in the latest weekly release of images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Each observation by HiRISE covers an area of several square miles and shows details as small as a desk. More than 39,000 of them have been taken since the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reached Mars in 2006.