Opportunity rover left us with one last lovely panorama of Mars

Opportunity rover left us with one last lovely panorama of Mars

Opportunity rover left us with one last lovely panorama of Mars

The trailblazing mission ended after almost 15 years of exploring the surface of Mars, but its legacy will live on.

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.

There was little NASA could do to save the Opportunity rover once the dust storm on Mars swallowed almost the entire planet. Opportunity took the photos on June 10, 2018.

The rover may be gone, but its legacy will live on thanks to the wealth of data and observations it made during decade-plus time exploring the Red Planet.

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The individual pictures where taken one by one between May 13 and June 10 or Martian Sols 5,084 through 5,111.

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

'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'.

The solar-powered Opportunity Rover's trail blazing mission was lauded as one of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration. The mission came to an end last summer when Opportunity became trapped in what eventually became a global dust storm on Mars.

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'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'.

NASA said: "Opportunity's scientific discoveries contributed to our unprecedented understanding of the planet's geology and environment, laying the groundwork for future robotic and human missions to the Red Planet".

Scientists have now released an insight into the rover's final moments before it was blanketed in dust - one last photo, sent back to Earth. For these images, the filters block out all light except for three wavelengths: 753 nanometres (near-infrared), 535 nanometres (green), and 432 nanometres (violet). They found a great deal of such evidence, confirming that the Red Planet was much wetter, and potentially habitable, in the ancient past.

It landed on Mars' Meridiani Planum plain near its equator on January 25, 2004.

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Its mission was supposed to last only 90 days, but it ended up doing NASA's bidding millions of miles away from home for 15 years.

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