NASA Opportunity rover’s last panorama shows its final resting place

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																	This is the last gorgeous Mars panorama that Opportunity captured before it died					
								
			
	
		Mike Wehne

Science This is the last gorgeous Mars panorama that Opportunity captured before it died Mike Wehne

Comprised of 354 individual images captured between May 13 and June 10 of past year, the panorama has been stitched together to highlight Perseverance Valley, a system of shallow troughs on the inner slope of the western rim of the Endurance Crater.

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

And sure, we've seen some remarkable Mars panoramas before, including those captured at Gale Crater by Opportunity's younger sister, Curiosity.

Opportunity managed to keep investigating until a huge dust storm boiled around the rover in June a year ago.

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

"This final panorama embodies what made our Opportunity rover such a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery", Opportunity project manager John Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement Tuesday (March 12). It shows a number of interesting features of Perseverance Valley, in addition to the pristine, unexplored floor of Endurance Crater. But Opportunity beamed this super-speckly shot home after it sent the two thumbnails; indeed, the noisy pic was the last piece of data that Opportunity ever transmitted, NASA officials said. 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.

NASA spent months attempting to contact Opportunity after conditions cleared and sunlight was able to reach the rover.

The filters admit light centered on wavelengths of 753 nanometers (near-infrared), 535 nanometers (green) and 432 nanometers (violet).

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover is dead, having been swallowed up and spat out by a colossal dust storm on the planet previous year. This is because Oppy did not have time to image those frames with color filters before the devastating dust storm struck.

The upcoming 2020 rover mission will for the first time seek signs of past microbial life on the planet, together with the European Space Agency's ExoMars rover.

Opportunity was only planned to last 90 days after landing on the Martian surface in January 2004, but it went on to surpass all expectations.

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

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