Before its circles went shady in the shadow of a martyr's dust storm, the opportunity took a long look at the surroundings and saved it for posterity.
The image represents a gripping conclusion for the rover's mission; a detailed panorama that combines the latest traces of its marathon journey with a glimpse of the sand it would never touch.
Forget about science for a while. Just look at it.
The possibility was not intended to run as long as it did. Only 90 days eventually stretched for fifteen fixed years by rolling over the Marches and pumping out snapshots as a tourist who forgot all about his pension.
The 360 degree image was taken from the rover's last resting place in May last year. Over 29 days, Opportunity lowered its environment into a series of 354 individual snapshots before radiating back to NASA to connect.
Most of them provide a colorful view of the landscape, the handful of black and white blocks in the corner were taken with fading energy, denying the possibility of the time it took to capture the last of the scene in shades of green and violet.
"This last panorama highlights what made our Opportunity rover such a remarkable mission to explore and discover," said John Callas of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
"To the right of the center you see the edge of Endeavor Crater rising in the distance. Just to the left of it rover paths begin their descent from across the horizon and weave down to geological functions that our researchers wanted to investigate closely.
] "And to the far right and left lies the bottom of the Perseverance Valley and the floor of the Endeavor crater, pristine and unspoilt, awaits visits from future explorers. "
The one who – or whatever – the future explorers will be, remains to be seen.
No doubt a future space traveler of either human or robotic type will rendezvous with the aged rover, and possibly even find one way to make it operational again.
Until then, the picture will go down in history with other known space exploration snapshots that serve as our eyes on another world.