The novel of the same name used actual locations on Mars for the landing sites for its "Ares 3" and "Ares 4" missions, NASA said.
The landing sites for "Ares 3" is on a Martian plain named Acidalia Planitia. The base for the "Ares 4" mission was set inside a crater named Schiaparelli, the US space agency said.
Views of these two sites, and other locations pertinentto the fictional story, are in the latest weekly release ofimages from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Each observation by HiRISE covers an area of several square miles and shows small details.
More than 39,000 of them have been taken since the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reached Mars in 2006. They are available online for anyone to explore.
HiRISE has provided important information used in selection landing sites for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and other robotic missions.
Its observations will be used during a workshop this month in US for consideration of landing areas for real future human missions, NASA said.



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