Australia Provides Martian Stand-In

Australia’s flat, red, rock-strewn Outback is proving an ideal backdrop for a film starring Val Kilmer about the first piloted mission to Mars. For the past two weeks, cast and crew of the Warner Brothers film “Red Planet” have been shooting in the desert roughly 15 miles from the mining town of Coober Pedy. The bleak, desolate, near featureless terrain has hardly any vegetation.