The photo was peckled with black dots - probably particles of dust picked up during InSight's harrowing descent through the Martian atmosphere, said Rob Manning, chief engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
NASA's Mars science lander InSight touched down safely on the surface of the Red Planet on Monday to begin its two-year mission as the first spacecraft created to explore the deep interior of another world. Two of these spacecraft, known as Mars Cube One, or MarCO, transmitted the landing process and even an image from InSight of the martian surface immediately after landing. Landing on the Martian surface is exceedingly hard: Only 40 percent of the missions ever sent to Mars have been successful - all of those sent by NASA.
The Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrated the touchdown of the lander through a great applause after the landing was confirmed.
This is NASA's eighth successful Mars landing - and it first in six years since the Curiosity rover in 2012.
NASA's $850 million InSight mission is created to probe the interior of Mars with a seismometer, heat probe and other instruments to study how the planet formed.
Broadcasted live all over the world, the landing has captured the attention of millions, especially because this is the first such achievement in six years.
InSight also benefits from not being too picky about where it lands.
Meanwhile, a radio transmitter will send back signals tracking Mars' subtle rotational wobble to reveal the size of the planet's core and possibly whether it remains molten.
"It was intense and you could feel the emotion", said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, in an interview on NASA television afterward. The space agency said that in the interim the spacecraft had opened its solar panels, which allowed it to recharge its batteries for the mission. The three-legged probe will use an array of equipment to drill five meters into the Martian surface in order to detect the heat flow.
The heat shield soared to a temperature of 2,700 Fahrenheit (about 1,500 Celsius) before it was discarded, the three landing legs deployed and the parachute popped out, easing InSight down to the Martian surface.
InSight arrived on Mars's Elysium Planitia area north of its equator, described as an ideal spot for its flat, rockless surface.
Scientists hope that the roughly $828 million mission will help answer questions about how rocky planets - including Earth, Mars, Venus, and Mercury - formed. Using its robotic arm, InSight will pluck SEIS from the lander's top deck to place it carefully on the dusty surface.