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Opportunity's Last Photo

Opportunity's Last Photo

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, December 24, 2019/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

         Mars Endeavour Crater Panorama, Opportunity Rover, Mars (credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU)

The Mars Opportunity rover is no longer exploring Mars. Its solar batteries died during a global dust storm when the rover stopped functioning earlier this year. However, in a parting photograph Opportunity captured a stunning panorama of its final location on Mars.

   

The captions on the panorama indicate locations that the rover investigated during it Martian travels. According to NASA:

on the right side of center and near the top of the image is the rim of Endeavour Crater. To the left of that are rover tracks from their descent from over the horizon towards Opportunity's final resting spot in Perseverance Valley, where the panorama was taken. At the bottom, just left of center, is the rocky outcrop Opportunity was investigating with the instruments on its robotic arm. In the far right and left of the frame are the bottom of Perseverance Valley and the floor of Endeavour Crater. Perseverance Valley is a system of shallow troughs descending eastward about the length of two football fields from the crest of Endeavour's rim to its floor. This final panorama combines images collected through three filters that admit light in the near-infrared, green, and blue wavelengths. The three-color bands were then combined in the panoramic image.

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