The robot has now dusted itself off and has sent back the first images of its view on the surface of the Red planet.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory says that although will be several weeks before the InSight mission starts delivering data from deep inside Mars, marks a scientific milestone, according to Bruce Banerdt, a scientist at nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who studies the evolution of Mars. Like on Earth, the field would have protected it from harmful solar winds billions of years ago.
As well as a simulation of the craft opening up 7-foot-wide solar panels that will be crucial to providing the lander with 700 watts of electricity on a clear enough day. The thin Martian atmosphere is only one percent of that of the Earth's, which means there's "nothing to slow something trying to land on the surface".
InSight's primary instrument for studying the Martian interior, the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, was developed through the coordinated efforts of engineers in France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. And today we really don't know if the core of Mars is liquid or solid, and how big that core is. Eastern Time, successfully completing a six-and-a-half month journey of more than 480 million kilometers.
The receiving of the images signals that InSight's solar panels, known as solar arrays, have now successfully opened, meaning it is able to collect sunlight and recharge its batteries each day.
The 360kg (880 pounds) InSight - its name is short for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport - marks the 21st USA. -launched Mars mission, dating back to the Mariner fly-bys of the 1960s.
InSight will be able to measure quakes that happen anywhere on the planet.
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The landing went largely as expected.
A pair of cameras will help Earth-based scientists see the deployment of the instruments.
There's still quite a lot that needs to happen before the mission can be considered a success.
Apollo missions to the moon brought seismometers to the lunar surface as well.
The "Send Your Name to Mars" promotion was launched by NASA in 2015 as a way of generating more public interest in space exploration.
This whole unpacking process as InSight settles into its new home will take about two to three months as the instruments begin functioning and sending back data.
The twin "Cubesats" tagging along for the flight to Mars represented the first deep-space use of a miniature satellite technology that space engineers see as a promising low-priced alternative to some larger, more complex vehicles.