Rover "Opportunity" became known not onlythe fact that he worked on the surface of the Red Planet for almost 15 years instead of 90 days, which scientists allotted to him. Alas, but on June 10, 2018, he contacted last time: then Mars was covered by a powerful dust storm, which, apparently, put an end to the brave and very hard-working rover. Nevertheless, NASA managed to get the latest pictures that the rover passed to Earth shortly before it went to sleep.
The last panorama of the rover was made up of354 pictures that were taken on the Pancam camera from May 13 to June 10, 2018. In the photo you can see the inner slope of the western shaft of the crater Endeavor, as well as the rover itself - more precisely, its tracks and antenna.
And here are the latest photos that"Opportunity" transferred to Earth before his "disappearance." Because of the darkness in the pictures there is a lot of “noise”, but if you try, you can find the Sun in the Martian sky. Found?
And here it is:
Total rover "Opportunity" worked onThe Red Planet has 5352 Martian days, breaking more than 45 kilometers of the surface of Mars. Initially, the rover was supposed to work only 1,000 meters, but due to favorable meteorological conditions, he continued research. During his work, he sent about 225 thousand photographs to the Earth, analyzed dozens of rocks on the planet, and even set a record — as many as 220 meters passed on Mars in one day.
Why it is impossible to save the rover "Opportunity" withusing the rover Curiosity? Unfortunately, this is simply not possible. According to the map of Mars created by NASA, Curiosity and Opportunity are located 8,400 kilometers apart. Considering that in 15 years the “old man” has traveled 45 kilometers, his rescuer will need an entire eternity to overcome this distance.
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