marsroVR: Marth Crater
Explore the western edge of Marth Crater on Mars from Andy Weir's "The Martian" in virtual reality!

Data from HiRISE ( - NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Rendered by RAVE - Aiden Lab (
Developed by Muhammad Shamim & Marie Hoeger
Music - Pale Blue Dot by Stellardrone

Excerpt below from article by Alfred McEwen

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 map shows the nature of this terrain.

The crater rim is not very distinct and from the ground it would be quite difficult to tell that you are even on the rim of a crater. The terrain is hummocky and rolling, punctuated by smaller impact craters and wind-blown drifts of sand or dust.

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