NASA release LAST BREATHTAKING image from dead Mars rover Opportunity

  • NASA release LAST BREATHTAKING image from dead Mars rover Opportunity

NASA release LAST BREATHTAKING image from dead Mars rover Opportunity

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

Comprised of 354 individual images captured between May 13 and June 10 of previous 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.

The image shows where Opportunity will rest until humans are able to touch down on the red planet in the future.

These two thumbnails, with the faint sun near the middle of each, are the last images NASA's Opportunity rover took on Mars as a dust storm darkened the sky. After several attempts to restore contact from Earth, they received the final communication from Opportunity on the June 10th.

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.

On March 12, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) revealed a set of glorious 360-degree panoramas nabbed by Opportunity in Perseverance Valley, right on the western rim of a huge Martian crater known as Endurance. 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.

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity leaves us with one final, glorious panorama

'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'. 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.

'And when that day arrives, some portion of that first footprint will be owned by the men and women of Opportunity, and a little rover that defied the odds and did so much in the name of exploration'.

The filters admit light centered on wavelengths of 753 nanometers (near-infrared), 535 nanometers (green) and 432 nanometers (violet). The black-and-white frames at the image's bottom-left are a result of the rover not having time to snap the location with its filters before a planet-wide dust storm encircled Mars.

NASA officially announced the droid would no longer be operational back in February.

This week, the space agency released the final 360-degree panorama snapped by the rover.

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