'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. The dust storm hit before the rover could be able to do otherwise. The magnificent panorama is not only interesting to look at, but is also a source of data about the red planet. 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. "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 explorers", Callas stated. In a new post, NASA reveals what it says is the final "parting shot" that Opportunity captured before the dust storm killed it. Those pics were snapped with the Panoramic Camera (Pancam) of the Opportunity rover throughout about one month.
One important part of the mission was sharing images with the public as they came out-a practice that has now become standard for space agencies-and it has had a big impact on the way we conceive of Mars.
Its scientific discoveries contributed to an advanced understanding of the planet's geology and environment, setting foundations for future robotic and human missions to the harsh environment of Mars.
Scientists have now released an insight into the rover's final moments before it was blanketed in dust - one last photo, sent back to Earth.
The filters admit light centered on wavelengths of 753 nanometers (near-infrared), 535 nanometers (green) and 432 nanometers (violet).
The Opportunity rover arrived in Mars on January 24, 2004, touching down in the Meridiani Planum region.
Over the next months after that, the agency made more than thousand attempts to contact the rover. This is because Oppy did not have time to image those frames with color filters before the devastating dust storm struck. They found a great deal of such evidence, confirming that the Red Planet was much wetter, and potentially habitable, in the ancient past.
The mission of the Opportunity rover launched in 2004, and it was supposed to last for no longer than 90 days, which means that the little rover served NASA over a decade longer than planned.
NASA has made several updates to the spacecraft since it landed on Mars, such as its flash memory.