NASA Opportunity's Last Image: Beautiful Panorama Reveals Mars Rover's Final Resting Place

NASA Opportunity's Last Image: Beautiful Panorama Reveals Mars Rover's Final Resting Place

NASA Opportunity's Last Image: Beautiful Panorama Reveals Mars Rover's Final Resting Place

Scientists have now released an insight into the rover's final moments before it was blanketed in dust - one last photo, sent back to Earth.

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover is dead, having been swallowed up and spat out by a colossal dust storm on the planet previous year.

NASA hoped the robot would return to working order after the storm once sunlight could reach its solar panels, but it never responded. Panorama composed of 354 images taken by the panoramic camera on the Rover between may 13 and June 10.

"To the right of center you can see the rim of Endeavor Crater rising in the distance", he said. "Just to the left of that, rover tracks begin their descent from over the horizon and weave their way down to geologic features that our scientists wanted to examine up close", he said. It shows a number of interesting features of Perseverance Valley, in addition to the pristine, unexplored floor of Endurance Crater. The valley is located on Endeavour Crater's inner slope.

Between May 13 and June 10, 2018, the rover's Panoramic Camera (Pancam) captured images using three separate filters, one in the near-infrared, one in green light, and one in violet light. The mission of the rover was meant to extend into the interior of the Endeavor Crater, an area that has never been explored before. But this one feels a little more special, considering Opportunity has come to rest in this very spot - with this immaculate view - until humans (or other sentient beings) are able to retrieve it.

Check out the full panorama taken by the Mars Opportunity here. Some parts are still black and white, because Pancam didn't have time to take photos of them through the green and violet filters before the dust storm hit.

After eight months of effort and sending more than a thousand commands in an attempt to restore contact with the rover, NASA declared Opportunity's mission complete on February 13th, 2019.

Opportunity and its twin, Spirit, landed a few weeks apart in January 2004.

Just before a planet-wide Martian dust storm silenced it forever, NASA's Opportunity rover captured panoramic images from its location in Endeavour Crater's Perseverance Valley, which mission team members used to create composite photographs in false color revealing the area in stunning detail.

The upcoming 2020 rover mission will for the first time seek signs of past microbial life on the planet, together with the European Space Agency's ExoMars rover.

Opportunity was only supposed to stay on Mars for 90 days, but has now lasted an astounding 14 years.

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