NASA Mars rover captured one last panorama from its final resting place

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

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

The panorama is composed of 354 individual images provided by the rover's Panoramic Camera (Pancam) from May 13 through June 10.

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.

"This final panorama embodies what made our Opportunity rover such a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery", NASA's Opportunity project manager John Callas said in a statement. 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.

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

NASA said Opportunity has laid the foundation for future missions to boldly go where no human has gone before.

Last June, space exploration enthusiasts from across the world collectively held their breath as a global dust storm enveloped Mars.

A six-wheeled robot which has sent signals to Earth from Mars captured one last stunning panorama from whatwould become its final resting place, NASA has revealed.

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

However, NASA's Mars exploration perseveres with the InSight lander, which touched down in November, now just beginning its scientific investigations and the Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Gale Crater for more than six years.

Last month, NASA announced that the mission of the Rover Opportunity has officially come to an end: the Agency has given up trying to contact the device ceases to get in touch in the early summer of 2018. They found a great deal of such evidence, confirming that the Red Planet was much wetter, and potentially habitable, in the ancient past. These images were assembled by NASA and published this week as Opportunity's "parting shot".

If you're curious why certain parts of the panorama remain in black and white, it's because the Rover was knocked out by the massive dust storm before it was able to capture those areas with all three color filters it typically used when shooting pics.

The mission of the Opportunity rover launched in 2004, and it was supposed to last for no longer than 90 days, which means that the little rover served NASA over a decade longer than planned.

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