An amazing work by the Uzbek artist Rostislav Shekhovtsov, titled “It’s time to go home, Oppy”. The digital painting shows two future astronauts finding the dust-covered Opportunity rover on Mars.
NASA has called an end to the Opportunity rover’s epic Mars mission on February 13, 2019, after a final attempt to make contact on February 12.
In his touching work, Shekhovtsov depicted the Opportunity Mars rover covered with Martian dust. Two future astronauts find the rover, wake it up and say “It’s time to go home, Oppy”. You can see the astronauts’ spacecraft in the background, which looks inspired by the SpaceX’ Starship.
Opportunity looks almost alive, it looks like there is a touching expression, like thankfulness on its “face”. It’s like the rover is saying “finally you’re here to save me”.
The rover had a planned 90-sol (Martian day) duration of activity (slightly more than 90 earth days). It was able to stay operational for 5353 sols (Martian days, which is slightly longer than an Earth’s day) after landing.