Before getting to that, however, the InSight had to perform a series of self-diagnostics to see if everything is in working order. Part of that diagnostic was to visually check the integrity of the lander, a thing InSight had already done last week.
This week, however, the lander has taken the first selfie of itself and sent it back to Earth for all to see. As usual, the selfie is, in fact, a mosaic of 11 photos pieced together through the same imaging process used for the Curiosity rover.
NASA says the elements to be seen in the photo are the lander's solar panel and its entire deck, including its science instruments.
A second photo, also a mosaic, is comprised of 52 photos and shows the place where the immobile platform will be doing its job, that is the 14-by-7-foot (4-by-2-meters) crescent of terrain located right in front of the spacecraft.
"The near-absence of rocks, hills and holes means it'll be extremely safe for our instruments," said in a statement InSight's Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
"This might seem like a pretty plain piece of ground if it weren't on Mars, but we're glad to see that."