Where was The Martian filmed?

Considered one of the (this) world’s outstanding desert landscapes, Wadi Rum was the selected filming location to represent Mars on the last movie of Ridley Scott. A good occasion to check out some fabulous images from this isolated protected area, located in the south of Jordan.

Wadi Rum is a popular movie set location. From the classic Lawrence of Arabia, to Prometheus (also from Ridley Scott), the beauty of this UNESCO's World Heritage place has seduced many other film productions.

The famous lost city of Petra is only about two hours driving north. Petra was the capital of the Nabateans, an advanced society of traders that mastered the water. Indeed, they had to be very good to be able to settle in this land, around two thousand years ago. Our spaceman is not going to have it easy either:

The Martian Wadi Rum
Put your settings in landscape mode.
Image by Sillie R


The Martian Filming locations
Take it easy, help is only at 140 million miles away.
Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox




The Martian Landscapes
The most distinctive landmark of Wadi Rum are the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, although most people can only count five.
Image by Loops San


Where was The Martian filmed
If you look closer, you can appreciate the photoshopping work to remove the small bushes that appear in the picture above. Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


Wadi Rum Filming location
The legendary Lawrence of Arabia led the Bedouin people through this hostile and labyrinthine valley to launch a surprise attack on the Turkish army. Lawrence had promised freedom to Bedouin Arabs: in fact the Turks were expelled, but they were replaced by the British. Image by Argenberg


Film Location The Martian
The remains of the mission to Mars become an improvised campsite for the Martian.
Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


The Martian Jordan
A funny thing to do in Wadi Rum is to roll down from the top of a dune -here are quite high- croquette style if it's possible. Image by Giåm


The Martian desert
But for security reasons, it's better if our spaceman stays at home playing Minesweeper.
Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox




The Martian mountains
Wadi Rum is a valley that seems to be cut into the sand, like this giant mushroom.
Image by Tom Olliver


The Martian Locations
Many scenes for the movie, including interiors, have been filmed in Korda Studios in Hungary, near Budapest.
Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


The Martian landscape
NASA experts collaborated with filmmakers for advise in all the aspects related to science and technology.
Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


The Martian shooting locations
I'm never going to forget waking up in the middle of night in the desert, having a sparkling Milky Way as a roof.
Image by Sharnik


The Martian Movie Locations
I'm wondering how is the experience on Mars.
Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


The Martian movie set location
Maybe we should ask Curiosity.
Image by NASA




 

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