The Lawrence’s House, Wadi Rum, Jordan.

March 14, 2019 - Comment

The Lawrence’s House, Wadi Rum, Jordan. Image by ER’s Eyes Don’t tell Elon Musk, but you don’t have to fire off into space to visit Mars. Just get on a plane — or a bus — to the Middle Eastern country of Jordan. Jordan is a small, dry, mostly landlocked country that neighbors Israel to

The Lawrence’s House, Wadi Rum, Jordan.
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Image by ER’s Eyes
Don’t tell Elon Musk, but you don’t have to fire off into space to visit Mars. Just get on a plane — or a bus — to the Middle Eastern country of Jordan.

Jordan is a small, dry, mostly landlocked country that neighbors Israel to the east. Within its rugged terrain is Wadi Rum, a desert valley known for its dramatic sandstone and granite rock faces and the reddish hue of its sand.

The landscape is so otherworldly that countless filmmakers have used the desert as a location for films taking place on distant planets.

Most recently, the desert served as the backdrop for Mars in the Matt Damon-starring space-survival film "The Martian."

But "The Martian" is far from the only film to use the desert. Wadi Rum played the part of Mars in the 2000 film "Red Planet" and the
2013 film "The Last Days on Mars." It played the part of the alien world in the 2012 horror film "Prometheus" and the planet of Jedha in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."

On a recent trip to Jordan, I decided to take a road trip through Wadi Rum. After barreling through the desert in jeeps, sprinting down sand dunes. I think I can say I’ve officially visited another planet.

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