In The Martian, the stranded astronaut protagonist spends a lot of the story stuck in a site located in the southern Acidalia Planitia. This is an actual image of that area on Mars, based on the map in the book.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

The book follows Mark Watney, stranded on Mars when the rest of his Ares 3 crew evacuate. A film based on the movie, with Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain starring in a movie with a script by Drew Goddard, is set to be released in November of this year. The book describes Acidalia Planitia as an easy drive, which this real photo belies.

I wonder if the movie will go with the book reality or real reality?

h/t Fraser Cain

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