Real-Life Mars Photos Show Where 'The Martian' Astronaut Would Have Been Stranded

NASA shows off some of the places Matt Damon would have been in the movie.

NASA said Andy Weir, the author of "The Martian," provided coordinates for NASA to take a photo of the fictional Ares 3 landing site in southern Acidalia Planitia, located within driving distance of the Pathfinder lander and the Sojourner rover.

The Acidalia Planitia region in "The Martian" is smoother and easy for Watney to drive over, but NASA said in real life, the area is more hazardous, with mounds and areas that are perhaps ancient volcanoes making up the landscape.

Another image shows the Ares 4 site, where a future mission is set to land. It's located in a shallow crater in the southwestern corner of Schiaparelli Crater, an area located near the Martian equator.

Martian dust storms sometimes stir up enough dust to be seen by telescopes on Earth, but the atmosphere on Mars is 1 percent as dense as Earth, making the intensity of the storms different.

"The key difference between Earth and Mars is that Mars’ atmospheric pressure is a lot less," William Farrell, a physicist who has studied Martian dust storms said, according to NASA. "So things get blown, but it’s not with the same intensity."