WATCH: Curiosityâ??s terrifying descent on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this photo the afternoon of the first day after landing.

You may have already seen the first photos of Mars beamed back to Earth by NASA's Curiosity on Monday, but after watching the latest video release of the rover's landing, you'll know why NASA dubbed it "Seven Minutes of Terror."

The stop-motion, low resolution video captures 2.5 minutes of Curiosity's landing. According to USA Today, the recording began with the protective heat shield falling away and ended with dust being kicked up as the rover was lowered by cables inside an ancient crater.

Scientists are calling this first video a "sneak preview" since it will take Curiosity some time to send back higher quality frames.

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