NASA releases the final panorama that Opportunity took on Mars

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 14, 2019

Although the panorama provides one last look of Opportunity's resting grounds, the rover's very last image tells a slightly bleaker tale.

We've said our goodbyes to the trusty rover and dealt with the anguish of losing it, but NASA is back to remind us of the remarkable work that the trusty robot performed while on its mission.

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. The space agency shared this final image today, explaining that it features Perseverance Valley, which is the inside slope of the Endurance Crater and the spot where Opportunity fell silent. But the echoes of the rover's mission to the Red Planet can still be heard.

In February, NASA announced that its pioneering Opportunity rover had died after almost 15 years of exploring the Martian surface, marking the end of a mission which has significantly broadened our understanding of the Red Planet.

"To the right of center, you can see the rim of Endeavor Crater rising in the distance", he added.

'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'. In a decade-and-a-half on Mars, the rover provided numerous fascinating insights into the planet's geology and environment, travelling a total of 28 miles over its rugged terrain in the process.

The agency made one final attempt to contact Opportunity Rover (pictured) eight months after the spacecraft last made contact. 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's twin, Spirit, touched down on the opposite side of Mars roughly three weeks earlier. NASA hoped the rover would survive its 90-sols (Martian days) mission but to the surprise of everyone, it lasted 55 times longer than its designed lifespan (more than 14 years).

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