The opportunity mission to Mars cannot be more, but the rover's legacy lives on in the valuable information it has provided for researchers. Now, NASA has released the last image captured by Opportunity, and it's an amazing panorama of the Mars surface.
The panorama was created by assembling 354 individual images taken between May 1
"This last panorama highlights what made our Opportunity rover such a remarkable mission to explore and discover," Opportunity Project Manager John Callas from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. "To the right of the center you can see the edge of Endeavor Crater rising in the distance. Just to the left of it, the rudder tracks begin to originate from across the horizon and weave down to geological functions that our researchers wanted to investigate close to each other. And to the far right and left Located in the lower part of the Perseverance Valley and the floor of the Endeavor Crater, untouched and undeveloped, awaiting visits from future explorers. "
You can see a high-resolution interactive version of the image on NASA's website, or see the annotated version of the image below:
These are the last pictures that Opportunity captured before it was unable to get a hard dust storm blowing in June 2018. In the true color version of the picture you can see a black and white section at the bottom left where Opportunity did not have time to capture violet and green filtered images before it went offline. As a solar powered vehicle, the rover was dependent on the sun's rays for power, which was blocked by the dust storm.
The very last picture Opportunity was transferred was a partial image that showed itself against the sun but only shows the darkness that the dust storm moved into. Farewell, Oppy, and we thank you for your contribution to science.