Tag Archives: The Martian

HiRISE: Entrance to Mawrth Vallis

In Andy Weir’s “The Martian,” stranded astronaut Mark Watney drives from the Ares 3 landing site in Acidalia Planitia towards the Ares 4 landing site in Schiaparelli Crater via Mawrth Vallis. This image covers the entrance to Mawrth Vallis. (Have … Continue reading

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THEMIS: The Martian, Part 5: Schiaparelli Crater floor

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 16, 2015. All this week, the THEMIS Image of the Day has been following on the real Mars the path taken by fictional astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on the Red Planet in the book … Continue reading

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THEMIS: The Martian, Part 4: Schiaparelli Crater rim

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 15, 2015. All this week, the THEMIS Image of the Day is following on the real Mars the path taken by fictional astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on the Red Planet in the book and … Continue reading

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THEMIS: The Martian, Part 3: Meridiani Planum

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 14, 2015. All this week, the THEMIS Image of the Day is following on the real Mars the path taken by fictional astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on the Red Planet in the book and … Continue reading

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THEMIS: The Martian, Part 2: Mawrth Vallis

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 13, 2015. All this week, the THEMIS Image of the Day is following on the real Mars the path taken by fictional astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on the Red Planet in the book and … Continue reading

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THEMIS: The Martian, Part 1: Acidalia Planitia

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 12, 2015. All this week, the THEMIS Image of the Day is following on the real Mars the path taken by fictional astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on the Red Planet in the book and … Continue reading

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JPL’s role in making ‘The Martian’ a reality

When fictional astronaut Mark Watney becomes stranded alone on the Red Planet in the novel and film “The Martian,” people and technology from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, play important roles in his castaway adventure. Acclaimed for its … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Western edge of Marth Crater

In the book “The Martian” by Andy Weir, stranded astronaut Mark Watney is headed for the Ares 4 landing site but encounters the rim of Marth Crater just as a dust storm arrives. This HiRISE image shows the nature of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: From Ares 3 to Ares 4

We previously released stereo images of the Ares 3 landing site from Andy Weir’s “The Martian.” In the novel, stranded astronaut Mark Watney travels from the Ares 3 site to the Ares 4 site where a Mars Ascent Vehicle could … Continue reading

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Protecting Mars astronauts from space radiation

On Aug. 7, 1972, in the heart of the Apollo era, an enormous solar flare exploded from the sun’s atmosphere. Along with a gigantic burst of light in nearly all wavelengths, this event accelerated a wave of energetic particles. Mostly … Continue reading

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