Director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated “The Martian” is in theatres Friday.
While much of the film will take place on Mars, it’s the Middle Eastern desert of Wadi Rum, Jordan, which serves as the backdrop for the movie.
The desert is a Hollywood favourite for films which have taken place on the red planet.
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Though they considered using the Australian Outback, the team went with the Jordan desert of Wadi Rum.
2000's 'Red Planet' and 2013's 'The Last Days on Mars' both used the desert as a stand in for the Martian surface.
While 'The Martian' team didn't film the movie on location, they used the desert to fill in for the backdrop of Mars.
Source: 'The Martian' production notes
... but it's also a favourite for rock climbers hoping to scale Wadi Rum's sandstone and granite mountains.
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