NASA Unveils Opportunity Rover's Last Set Of Photos

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Pictured: This expansive view of the martian real estate surrounding the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is the first 360 degree, high-resolution color image taken by the rover's panoramic camera February 2, 2004. It shows a number of interesting features of Perseverance Valley, in addition to the pristine, unexplored floor of Endurance Crater.

NASA/JPL/Cornell University, Maas Digital LLC [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsNASA's Opportunity rover is done for good after the space agency's final efforts to awaken the silent rover resulted in failure.

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

Recently NASA has given up trying to contact the Mars Rover Opportunity, and contact with it was lost in the early summer of previous year in connection with the beginning of a powerful dust storm.

NASA said Opportunity has laid the foundation for future missions to boldly go where no human has gone before. The valley is located on Endeavour Crater's inner slope. Those pics were snapped with the Panoramic Camera (Pancam) of the Opportunity rover throughout about one month.

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

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The panorama of Mars was one of the many photos the rover took last spring.

The filters admit light centered on wavelengths of 753 nanometers (near-infrared), 535 nanometers (green) and 432 nanometers (violet). Mission scientists combined 354 separate images taken during this period and added false color to distinguish various features, such as the rover's tracks, its low-gain antenna, a rocky outcrop known as "Ysleta del Sur", the rim of Endeavor Crater, and a small hill on the crater rim. This meant that the rover did not have enough juice remaining to capture its final few images using the Pancam's green and violet filters.

After that, over the next months, the United States space agency tried to contact the Opportunity rover.

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

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.

NASA has made several updates to the spacecraft since it landed on Mars, such as its flash memory.

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