The information from these small observers returned far rapidly than from Martian orbiters of NASA that weren't in the appropriate location to observe the InSight landing.
"By early next week, we'll be imaging it in finer detail and creating a full mosaic", the principal investigator for the mission, Bruce Banerdt, said. "But one of the things [the InSight mission] is dedicated to is measuring motion on Mars, and naturally that includes motion caused by sound waves".
NASA's InSight spacecraft took a color-calibrated image of its robotic arm using its Instrument Deployment Camera on December 4.
"In some sense, this is what it would sound like if you were sitting on the Insight lander on Mars".
NASA's Insight lander has captured audio that it labelled an "unplanned treat", where motion sensors on the vessel were able to detect sound waves. Two to three months could go by before the instruments have been situated and calibrated.
With the lander, NASA hopes to study the "vital signs" of Earth's neighboring planet, including its "pulse" (seismology), "temperature" (heat flow), and "reflexes" (precision tracking).
An air pressure sensor and a seismometer recorded the noise through the vibrations in the air and vibrations around the aircraft "caused by the wind moving over the spacecraft's solar panels". "InSight will see if tremors, or marsquakes, have a similar effect on Mars".
JPL's Tom Hoffman, project manager for the InSight mission, said the view will be a bit hazy, due to dust and debris that was thrown up during last week's landing.
"Hearing the first sounds ever recorded on the surface of another planet is a privilege".
More images from InSight's arm were scheduled to come down this past weekend.
"The experimental MarCO CubeSats have also opened a new door to smaller planetary spacecraft".