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

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

"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", Callas stated.

Also on Tuesday, the mission team released the very last photos Opportunity ever took - two blurry, black-and-white thumbnails from June 10 showing a tiny, faint sun in a dark and dusty sky. The valley is located on Endeavour Crater's inner slope.

After almost 15 years exploring the Red Planet, the Opportunity rover captured the images for what would be its final panorama from May 13 to June 10, 2018. In a new post, NASA reveals what it says is the final "parting shot" that Opportunity captured before the dust storm killed it.

John Callas, Opportunity Project Manager, said: 'This final panorama embodies what made our Opportunity rover such a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery. The rover may be gone, but its legacy will live on thanks to the wealth of data and observations it made during decade-plus time exploring the Red Planet.

The panorama is composed of 354 individual images taken from May 13, 2018 until June 10, 2018 - or sols (Martian days) 5,084 through 5,111, according to NASA.

The solar-powered Opportunity Rover's trail blazing mission was lauded as one of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration.

B, better known as Opportunity, stopped responding to commands in August 2018, prompting NASA to officially declare the mission's end last month.

Its scientific discoveries contributed to an advanced understanding of the planet's geology and environment, setting foundations for future robotic and human missions to the harsh environment of Mars.

The space agency published one of the final photos they received from the 15-year-old rover.

The filters admit light centered on wavelengths of 753 nanometers (near-infrared), 535 nanometers (green) and 432 nanometers (violet). 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. The mission of the rover was meant to extend into the interior of the Endeavor Crater, an area that has never been explored before. After one last attempt at reaching Opportunity, NASA finally ended its mission on February 13. But the echoes of the rover's mission to the Red Planet can still be heard.

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

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