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Opportunity left us with a beautiful departing panoramic shot

13 Mar 2019, 09:34 UTC
Opportunity left us with a beautiful departing panoramic shot
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This version of the panoramic scene taken before the dust storm on 10 June 2018 is presented in approximate true colour. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU
Over 29 days last spring, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity documented this 360-degree panorama from multiple images taken at what would become its final resting spot in Perseverance Valley. Located on the inner slope of the western rim of Endurance Crater, Perseverance Valley is a system of shallow troughs descending eastward about the length of two American football fields from the crest of Endeavor’s rim to its floor.
“This final panorama embodies what made our Opportunity rover such a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery,” says Opportunity project manager John Callas of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, United States. “To the right of centre you can see the rim of Endeavor Crater rising in the distance. Just to the left of that, rover tracks begin their descent from over the horizon and weave their way down to geologic features that our scientists wanted to examine up close. 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 ...

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