Jordan: The MartianWadi Rum: Mars
Before director Ridley Scott and his team started filming, countless hours were spent researching. NASA saw an opportunity to promote deep space travel and came on board as scientific advisors, providing technical expertise and hundreds of images from Mars.
As a result of this process, the production designers built an authentic research station in the middle of the Jordanian desert.
The film team spent eight days on location in March 2015. A fair amount of time went into filming the scenes with the stranded Martian Mark Watney driving the Rover vehicle across the desert of the Red Planet.
Filming in this otherworldly landscape had a lasting impact on Matt Damon who described Wadi Rum as "one of the most spectacular and beautiful places I have ever seen, and like nothing I've ever seen anywhere else on Earth".
Some useful links:
- NASA has a super-cool web feature about some of the real technologies used in the movie.
- Another NASA site worth checking out is all about the 'Real Martians'.
- Watch a Q&A from space with NASA Astronauts Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren, and the cast of The Martian.
A severe storm has hit Mars and the research crew on the surface has to abandon their mission and leave the planet. But they leave one man behind.
CUT TO: The Rover parked on the Martian plain of Acidalia Planitia.
Nearby, Mark Watney is digging up the radioisotope thermoelectric generator that will provide him with enough power to drive the Rover across the surface to the site where his escape rocket awaits.
CUT TO: Mark, who has been driving for many days.
Location 1: The radioisotope thermoelectric generator
The coordinates are N29° 43' 49" E35° 26' 46" or 29.730278 / 35.446111.
Location 2: One man left behind
The coordinates are N29° 39' 14" E35° 28' 1" or 29.653889 / 35.466944.
Location 3: An entire planet to yourself
The coordinates are N29° 38' 33" E35° 27' 42" or 29.6425 / 35.461667.
1. Spend the night on Mars at nearby Sun City Camp.
2.Scout the area's diverse film locations with local film star Huseen Salamah.
3. See the Rover on display at the Royal Automobile Museum in Jordan's capital Amman.