As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the photo shows the smoothest and sandyest terrain around the probe, with only one large rock revealed.
"I am very pleased that we seem to have a very safe and boring landing place, which is exactly what we want," said project manager Tom Hoffman after the launch of InSight on Monday (26 / 11/2018).
Better photos are available a few hours later and the quality is expected to be better in the next few days. The probe arrived on Mars after crossing a dangerous supersonic zone within six minutes.
"Landing confirmed!" said the flight control center at 15:00 EST. InSight is part of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Scientists wait in the air of a plane to reach 160 million kilometers in space.
This is NASA's successful eighth landing from the Viking satellite in 1976. The NASA Rover Curiosity, which arrived in 2012, is still in motion on Mars to this day.
Due to the distance between Earth and Mars, it took eight minutes to confirm the landing and the information from InSight. This information was continued by a pair of small satellites that would follow the InSight for 6 months, or 482 million kilometers.
InSight, an international billion-dollar project involving mechanical moles from Germany, will be buried at a depth of 5 meters (16 feet) to measure the internal heat of Mars. The plane also has a French seismometer to measure vibrations, if it exists on this planet Earth neighbor. Another experience of this mission was to reveal the planets of the nucleus of the planet.
On Monday night, NASA announced that the spacecraft was charging the battery through the open solar panels.
Scientist Bruce Banerdt, one of the leaders of this mission, called the capture of the first image of InSight revealing the surface of the march, although it seemed "pleasant and dirty" to clean up until the disappearance of black stains.
The picture taken by InSight came from a low camera during landing. On Monday night, NASA released sharper photos taken by senior cameras to further show the landscape of the landing.
This InSight, weighing 800 pounds (360 kg), will not move and will not work in the same place for the next two years, the one-year duration of March.
"In the months and years to come, the historical books containing Martian's theory of the interior will be rewritten," said Michael Watkins, director of the JPL.
The preparation of NASA for the launch of the aircraft is longer and safer than before. They use parachutes and highly calculated braking machines for InSight to reach a speed of 12,300 mph (19,800 km / h) when it enters the atmosphere of Mars. If the calculation is incorrect, the aircraft may burn into the atmosphere or bounce into space.
Many planes bound for Mars launched by the United States, Russia and a number of other countries have been lost or destroyed after several years. The success rate of the launch of the aircraft was only 40%.
This three-legged InSight robot moved to the west side of Elysium Planitia, the land that NASA intended to land.Museums, planetariums and libraries across the United States are holding parties while watching the launch of InSight. The live broadcast of NASA TV was also broadcast on the giant screen of the New York Times Square, where people watched while wearing umbrellas in the rain.
By examining and mapping parts of Mars, scientists hope to discover why the rocky planets in the solar system are so different and why the Earth is a paradise for life.