These Are the Last Photos NASA's Opportunity Rover Took on Mars

NASA           Opportunity's Last Panorama

NASA Opportunity's Last Panorama

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.

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.

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.

NASA officially bid farewell to Mars rover Opportunity in February, but the little robotic explorer is still delivering the goods.

It gives a view of the rim of the Endeavour Crater in the distance, rover tracks from Opportunity, and to the far right and left is the bottom of Perseverance Valley.

John Callas of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said: "The final panorama embodies what made our Opportunity rover such a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery".

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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Over almost 15 years, it traversed more than 28 miles of Red Planet before ultimately meeting its end during a planet-wide snowstorm last June. It shows a number of interesting features of Perseverance Valley, in addition to the pristine, unexplored floor of Endurance Crater.

The panorama features images captured with Opportunity's Pancam instrument from May 13, 2018, to June 10, 2018.

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

A set of newly released photos shows what NASA's Mars rover Opportunity was looking at just before the killer dust storm hit.

NASA's Opportunity rover defied all odds by outliving its mission beyond the wildest expectations.

Opportunity was only supposed to stay on Mars for 90 days, but has now lasted an astounding 14 years.

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