Although the panorama provides one last look of Opportunity's resting grounds, the rover's very last image tells a slightly bleaker tale.
NASA's Opportunity rover is dead, but its final images live on in the form of a handsome 360-degree panorama. Since its last communication on June 10, 2018 operators sent more than a thousand commands to try and restore communications, but in February, NASA declared the mission over.
Aptly enough, the image was taken in an area known as Perseverance Valley, located on the inner slope of the western rim of Endeavour Crater.
The color panorama was built via a sequence of 354 images snapped by the rover's Panoramic Camera between May 13 and June 10, 2018. To the right of center you can see the rim of Endeavor Crater rising in the distance.More news: Besiktas boss Gunes upset with 'stagnant' Karius: No motivation
A few frames of the panorama remain black-and-white, because the dust storm swept in before Opportunity could image those areas using all of its color filters, NASA officials said.
John Callas, Opportunity Project Manager, said: 'This final panorama embodies what made our Opportunity rover such a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery.
Opportunity managed to keep investigating until a huge dust storm boiled around the rover in June previous year. It shows a number of interesting features of Perseverance Valley, in addition to the pristine, unexplored floor of Endurance Crater.
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NASA also provided an annotated version of the image pointing out the various features that Opportunity captured in the shot.
'It is because of trailblazing missions such as Opportunity that there will come a day when our courageous astronauts walk on the surface of Mars, ' NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said last month. That incomplete image, seen below, shows the approaching dark that would eventually end Opportunity.
Spirit and Opportunity both far outlasted their warranties. No vehicle, crewed or robotic, has ever traveled farther on the surface of another world than Opportunity, whose odometer is forever frozen at 28.06 miles (45.16 kilometers).
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