After the landing, the scientists and engineers got to work. "That's exactly what we were going for". The probe has now snapped the image of the deserted land as the dust thrown up by its arrival is still settling around the spacecraft.
"This has important implications beyond just these two neighbors [Mars and Earth], as we are now discovering thousands of exoplanets around other stars, some of which may be quite similar to Earth or Mars in terms of size, location and composition", said Jack Singal, a physics professor at the University of Richmond and a former NASA astrophysics researcher.
The spacecraft is Nasa's first to touch down on Earth's neighbouring planet since the Curiosity rover arrived in 2012. NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter relayed the signals of the landing, which were received on Earth this morning.
"Flawless", declared JPL's chief engineer, Rob Manning.
France's CNES made the SEIS instrument, while the German Aerospace Center (DLR) provided a self-hammering mole that can burrow five metres into the surface - farther than any instrument before - to measure heat flow. They have the potential to both cut mission costs as well as provide a new platform for scientific observations.
Tom Hoffman, InSight's project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said that the InSight team can repose a little untroubled tonight now that we know the spacecraft solar arrays are installed and recharging the batteries.
"Expanded camera which is in the hand of the apparatus of InSight from NASA, took this picture on the Martian surface on 26 November - the same day when it landed on the Red planet", according to NASA. But InSight is expected to yield the first meaningful data on planetary seismic tremors beyond Earth.
Unlike the rovers already on the Martian surface, InSight will stay put during its planned two-year mission.He said the image would be cleaned and the black specks would disappear.
NASA confirmed late Monday that the solar operation was in place.
The 800-pound (360-kilogram) InSight is stationary and will operate from the same spot for the next two years, the duration of a Martian year.
Landing a spacecraft on Mars is, of course, intricate. It's hoped that a supersonic parachute, 12 descent engines, and some shock-absorbing legs will slow it down enough for a safe landing. The danger was that the spacecraft could burn up in the atmosphere or bounce off it. However, the spacecraft made it, and it appears that it landed nearly perfectly.
The probe is now sitting on the Elysium Planitia, a vast flat plain which NASA has dubbed the "biggest parking lot on Mars". NASA TV coverage was also shown on the giant screen in New York's Times Square, where crowds huddled under umbrellas in the rain.
"The aim is to understand how Mars has formed, how it differentiated and how much is it different to our planet".
InSight is created to detect Marsquakes.
It's a great feat, as only 40 percent of missions to Mars have been successful. That's deeper than any instrument that has ever been to Mars.