Shortly after its landing, the InSight Lander sent a picture back to NASA.
The spacecraft took the image of itself from the red dusty planet, arguably making it the first selfie on Mars.
The three-legged InSight settled on the western side of Elysium Planitia, the plain that NASA was aiming for.
The successful functioning of the MarCOs could even support the process of future spacecraft landings, as these CubeSats will allow engineers to record landings on Mars.
"Mars continues to excite space enthusiasts of all ages", said Bruce Banerdt, the InSight mission's principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. On Board there is a seismograph and geophysical thermometer.
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Today, we successfully landed on Mars for the eighth time in human history. On a clear day, the panels provide 600 to 700 watts - enough power to run a kitchen blender and conduct science. While InSight reveals and sets his tools according to the algorithms and commands the center of NASA, he continues to send new images from the surface of Mars, thereby making the team successfully completed the first phase of its mission, it is planned that research InSight Rover will stay on Mars for about two years.
These instruments include the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structures to investigate what causes the seismic waves on Mars, the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package to burrow beneath the surface and determine heat flowing out of the planet and the Rotation and Interior Structure Experiment to use radios to study the planet's core. In less time than it takes to hard-boil an egg, the lander had to slow itself from a speed of 12,300 miles per hour to just 5 miles per hour before gently touching down on the Mars surface. However, the spacecraft made it, and it appears that it landed nearly perfectly. "The best of NASA is yet to come, and it is coming soon". "But they're low-priced ride-alongs that can allow us to explore in new ways", John Baker, JPL's program manager for small spacecraft said in the statement.
NASA's next mission, the Mars 2020 rover, will prowl for rocks that might contain evidence of ancient life. "Mars is hard", Thomas Zurbuchen, Nasa associate administrator for the science mission directorate, said on Sunday. "The success of these two unique missions is a tribute to the hundreds of talented engineers and scientists who put their genius and labor into making this a great day".
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.
Normally, this relaying is done using the already existing spacecraft such as NASA's Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter or the European Space Agency's Mars Express.More news: House Democrats nominate Pelosi to lead them