NASA's Curiosity captures awe-inspiring shot of Mount Sharp, uploads video of descent upon Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't even been on Mars a full 24 hours, and already the science world is reaping the benefits. Nerds, too, actually. The shot above is the first high(ish) resolution photo shown to the public from its cameras, depicting a shadow of its top, a peculiar Martian landscape and the three-mile Mount Sharp. Just beyond the break, you'll find video footage of the intense descent onto Mars' surface. It's a low-res stop-motion affair displaying 297 frames as it found its way from space to a foreign land. Trust us -- it's worth the 1:03 time investment.