Opportunity's Last View Of Mars

Opportunity's Last View Of Mars

Before a Martian dust storm took out Opportunity in June 2018, the rover was able to capture hundreds of images that NASA has now released as a panorama.

In the photo you can see portions of the Mars rover's solar panel and low-gain antennae - possibly the last ever image of Opportunity humans will ever see again.

The fearless little rover, which was only meant o explore Mars slightly longer than 90 days, spent an unbelievable 15 years on the Red Planet.

This image is a cropped version of the last 360-degree panorama taken by the Opportunity rover's Pancam from May 13 through June 10, 2018. "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.

Mission team members have now stitched together 354 of these images, taken from May 13 through June 10, into a gorgeous panorama of the rover's final resting place.

If you look at the raw images that came from Opportunity, you'll notice that they're all black-and-white. It shows a number of interesting features of Perseverance Valley, in addition to the pristine, unexplored floor of Endurance Crater.

The trailblazing rover missions may be over but NASA said Opportunity's legacy "will live on".

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A few frames remain black and white, as the rover did not have the time to record those locations using the green and violet filters before the dust storm.

Over the next months after that, the agency made more than thousand attempts to contact the rover.

However, NASA's Mars exploration perseveres with the InSight lander, which touched down in November, now just beginning its scientific investigations and the Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Gale Crater for more than six years.

Opportunity was part of the Mars Exploration Rovers program that called for two identical machines to be sent to Mars.

Its mission was supposed to last only 90 days, but it ended up doing NASA's bidding millions of miles away from home for 15 years.

Opportunity's twin, Spirit, touched down on the opposite side of Mars roughly three weeks earlier.

NASA has made several updates to the spacecraft since it landed on Mars, such as its flash memory.

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