Watch NASA land InSight spacecraft on Mars

Touchdown: NASA's InSight Lands on Mars (VIDEO)

"I'm very, very happy that it looks like we have an incredibly safe and boring landing location", project manager Tom Hoffman said after Monday's touchdown.

People hugged, shook hands, exchanged high-fives, pumped their fists, wiped away tears and danced in the aisles.

"This never gets old", chief engineer Rob Manning said during a live broadcast by NASA. "This is what we really hoped and imagined in our mind's eye", he added. "Sometimes things work out in your favour".

A pair of mini satellites trailing InSight since their May liftoff provided practically real-time updates of the spacecraft's supersonic descent through the reddish skies.

Experts say that is Mars' horizon visible in the top portion of the image.

Better photos are expected in the days ahead.
Insight streaked into the thin Martian atmosphere at 19794.931 km per hour and plunged 123.919 miles in order to reach the ground. Radio signals confirming the landing took more than eight minutes to cross the almost 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) between Mars and Earth.

Museums, planetariums and libraries across the USA held viewing parties to watch the events unfold at JPL.

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Unlike many other landers and rovers that have come before it, NASA's InSight lander has safely touched down on the surface of Mars in spectacular fashion. "It's such a hard thing, it's such a risky thing that there's always a fairly uncomfortably large chance that something could go wrong". He picked up to hear Vice President Mike Pence, who is the chairman of the National Space Council, congratulating NASA on a successful mission.

Soon after landing, InSight Lander shared a picture of the Red Planet. This means that we will be able to expect more insights about Mars by then. No other country has managed to set and operate a spacecraft on the dusty surface.

The three-legged InSight settled on the western side of Elysium Planitia, the plain that NASA was aiming for.

When NASA's InSight probe landed on Mars, the world collectively took a sigh of relief at the historic moment. Germany is in charge of InSight's mole, while France is in charge of the seismometer.

Mars' well-preserved interior provides a snapshot of what Earth may have looked like following its formation 4.5 billion years ago, according to Banerdt.

InSight has no life-detecting capability, however.

Not wanting to just sit around, InSight's mission begins immediately, starting with the collection of data and, in nearly two days' time, will deploy its 1.8-metre-long robotic arm to take more images of the landscape.

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