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

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity leaves us with one final, glorious panorama

"This final panorama embodies what made our Opportunity rover such a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery", Opportunity project manager John Callas from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement.

'And to the far right and left are the bottom of Perseverance Valley and the floor of Endeavour crater, pristine and unexplored, waiting for visits from future explorers'.

There was little NASA could do to save the Opportunity rover once the dust storm on Mars swallowed almost the entire planet.

In late spring 2018, before the storm began assembling itself over the Martian plains, Opportunity took a series of photos of the Perseverance Valley. Over almost 15 years, it traversed more than 28 miles of Red Planet before ultimately meeting its end during a planet-wide snowstorm last June.

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity leaves us with one final, glorious panorama
NASA releases the final panorama that Opportunity took on Mars

Taken on June 10, 2018, this noisy, incomplete image was the last data NASA's Opportunity rover sent back from Mars.

B, better known as Opportunity, stopped responding to commands in August 2018, prompting NASA to officially declare the mission's end last month. Opportunity's scientific discoveries contributed to our unprecedented understanding of the planet's geology and environment, laying the groundwork for future robotic and human missions to the Red Planet. After more than half a year of silence and more than one thousand attempts at making contact, however, the space agency eventually declared Opportunity's mission over on February 13, 2019. For these images, the filters block out all light except for three wavelengths: 753 nanometres (near-infrared), 535 nanometres (green), and 432 nanometres (violet). This is because Oppy did not have time to image those frames with color filters before the devastating dust storm struck.

Opportunity first landed on Mars in January 2004, within weeks of fellow probe Spirit. And in one last picture, the incredible landscape of Mars is shown off.

It survived a bad dust storm in 2007 and is now being closely watched to see if it can survive a massive storm that has an estimated opacity level of 10.8, a sharp increase from the earlier storm's 5.5 tau.

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