The Insane Engineering of the Perseverance Rover

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    Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
    Editor: Dylan Hennessy
    Animator: Mike Ridolfi (
    3D Animator: Eli (social handle: TwisterEli)
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    1. Real Engineering

      The response to this video has been huge. One of our biggest videos ever. We worked our ass off on these animations. Big shout out to Mike and Eli, our stellar animators. Also big thanks to Curiosity Stream, without them we simple would not have the budget to make something this ambitious. If you liked this video, you will love that Armstrong documentary on CS. It gives me some serious goals to work towards. Packed with information and beautiful story telling.

      1. The Hidden Ninja

        Turns out there was, in fact, a photo of a rainbow on Mars, created yesterday. And do you know why I believe it? *because we have an actual photograph*. Let me ask you this: Why would NASA photo-shop in a rainbow into their photo? When science's tertiary goal is to have as many people believe in it as possible

      2. The Hidden Ninja

        @audio guru Let me ask you this: What do you believe happens when we see live video of a rocket launching into space?

      3. The Hidden Ninja

        @audio guru Please, show me where you saw the rainbow. In this video? This video is CGI. It was created before the mars landing even happened. Show me where you saw an actual image of a rainbow on mars, created by sunlight passing through rain, and not just created via refraction on the camera itself. It's the difference between a semi-circle of a rainbow (seen from ground level), or a full circle

      4. The Hidden Ninja

        @audio guru Do you have any proof? Because they do, in fact, have real images of the round earth. People have been there and seen it in person. And are in fact doing so right now

      5. Jeremy Marquardt

        @The Hidden Ninja yeah... no shit! It never will be there either 🙄 only in cartoon form. Keep dreaming of fake space

    2. Akshay Bhavekar

      I am very curious about Perseverance rover & Ingenuity .....❤️ From India 🇮🇳

    3. minecraft wolf Garcia

      uh guys what happens if theres an virus in mars that means oh no AHHHHHHHHHH

    4. S L

      America, you scary! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    5. aaryan chaubal

      Please do ingenuity

    6. Mangala Telgote

      When will perseverance MOXIE will start working? I mean production of oxygen?

    7. armando olmedo


    8. James Hernandez

      perseverance rover = too much god damn math.

    9. MGTOW Gamer

      NASA...what are you waiting for? Start selling these sheeples Real Estates from Mars. That’s only the beginning of a new and very lucrative’re welcome.

    10. Simrith Singh

      Mike and Eli, whomsoever you are in the best of all team. I have never seen someone highlights his team mates. ❤️ Good luck, I have seen this informative video without blinking my eyes. 👍

    11. Wil Helm

      13:43 Proof of alien UFOs on Mars!!!!!!

    12. Jim Hummel

      An amazing story well told. Excellent work!

    13. lulutileguy

      NASA first enterprise well drilling do not laugh

    14. lulutileguy

      Rough roads ought to complain only way for improvement martains make themselves scarce when roads need smoothing

    15. top of the top

      Am I the only one who saw the alein ship in the background at 11:10

    16. cwif rbm

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    17. Gulalai Ali

      Now we are aliens on Mars😂

    18. Nham Hai Chau

      The utter plasterboard baly jump because station gradually sip versus a fragile croissant. freezing, slimy geese

    19. maw kuri

      i thought you said that nitinol wheel will be used on mars rover 2020

    20. starcastle22 22 Lomitas

      Hey NASA just sand and rocks on mars, no life what so ever. Boring and to expensive, come in AZ if you want to study sand and rocks LOL

    21. BeActive Behappy

      Perseverance rover has already found signs of mOre intelligent life on Mars than a flat earth conference.

      1. mtb416

        FYI, there’s nothing impressive about punching down.

      2. Chris Thirion


    22. recon forsales

      We apparently have all this complex technology to control a rover on Mars that can do all these complicated operations. And we don't have cure for coronavirus. Hmmmmm sounds dodgy to me 🤔

      1. John Hazenhousen


    23. michael balsamo


    24. Cat in the box

      I love how all the technicians in the clean room are just like "Jerry, can I get a look" "Tom you're doing good"

    25. YanickCharette

      Why searching mars when we could colonised venus's atmosphere ?😅

    26. RAVIKUL RAO (RA2011051010071)


    27. MonkeySpecs301

      didn't china already bring samples back from moon with a fully autonomous process?

    28. THE 53414

      How 'bout the insane engineering of the fat tanker that blocked suez canal

    29. Artaxerxes

      Is it really that insane ? Mars rovers have been done for the past decade. Not insane imo. Something like China's new quantum computer is insane engineering, not this piece of junk that basically achieves nothing and moves slower than a snail

    30. Alasdair Easton

      did anyone see the ufo at 11 minuets

    31. Fseirst Lrest

      Perseverance's actual landing can be seen here:

    32. Charlie 2007

      epic for sure!

    33. TheChico868

      Holy shit balls. A ground penetrating Radar. Damn son...

    34. Dan Mon

      at the top left

    35. Dan Mon

      i see you added a baby yoda at 2:24

    36. nel son

      sent to mers?

    37. Chris Olds

      so awesome, these folks do the coolest things on Planet Earth..and Mars! Love @NASA and @JPL

    38. Jayvee Guinto

      The mission would be more exciting if it's a human mission but it would be sadder if something wrong happens.

    39. Barb Cole Tranquility Himalayans

      Where did everyone go to college???? I am in awe of all of you. I just a grandma and proud of you. Hopefully some of you went to Florida State or University of Florida

    40. Gretchen Margret

      Text Me: Eight Five Six Three Two Four Seven One Four Eight

    41. Rosel Hepp

      hoover dam and end ...........

    42. fersup2

      i cant even think in normal engeniering haha!

    43. Pawan Ramnarain


    44. En Why

      Lol "space" people aren't even close to reality...

    45. Guest Playz Roblox

      I just realized that this vid was made on the same day and mouth and year when Perseverance landed

    46. Landen Miles

      Your gay if you dont like

    47. Jacob Goldberg

      2:40 apert on the hersh mershin surface

    48. アダンMimiko_Suki

      Amazing robots but, What about sending Humanoid robots? They have hands, a lot of space for batteries, and prob better IA (don't really know enough about IA, yet)

    49. Croax Eskaton

      Now this is what you call *REAL ENGINEERING*

    50. Uchiha Madara

      How did they make all these wow

    51. Omar Abu-Salih

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    52. Dark Sans


      The Bible says that God created life. We don't know if He also created life on other planets, but the Bible says that the entire universe suffers the consequences of man's sin (Revelation 6; 12-14). If there is extraterrestrial life, its nature is also fallen.

    54. Brian Redmond

      “ insane “ engineering ???. Stop using this stupid americanism . Great engineering - clever engineering - visionary engineering.................👏👏👏

    55. pida siouy

      There's been much in the last few years that made me lose faith in humanity. This on the other hand really gave me hope :) ! Thx for this amazing video

      1. Kuro Htaryo

        i feel you, sometimes we don´t have real empathy for each other, but still... we are growing. science and arts make us a little better. (not politics, religion, merchandise or whatsoever). somedays it´s hard to feel inspired.

    56. Mark Goddard

      I don’t think these experiments are insane. They seem very well thought out by a reasoning mind.

      1. pida siouy

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    57. Odie Kivarkis

      I understand that fossils on earth survived millions of years but if there was life on mars is it possible that fossils of life could survive billions of years?

    58. panagranit pana

      I just have one question about the samples that they’re going to leave on the surface out in the open and I’ve heard that there are problems with the dust on the other rovers solar panel energy collection. So how are they going to find these things if they’re buried under a lot of dust?

    59. Prem Kolkar

      Well done💯👍👏 sir. I appreciate😊❤ efforts.

    60. signsofevil

      I just had the wildest idea: perhaps the wind from the helicopter blades could be used to clean the dust on the solar panels and in this manner bring back the opportunity rover?

    61. Nils Eriksen

      Anyone else notice how much the capsule looks like ‘The Jupiter 2’ from ‘Lost in Space’.

    62. gioyu comi

      That’s the smoothest ad transition I have ever experienced 😂

    63. jason harmon

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    64. seeni gzty

      future of Humanity ❤

    65. Екатери́на Stalin’s mum

      Wait it is called Jezero crater, like serbian word jerezo - lake

      1. seeni gzty

        oof the dublin accent :( " carrying de nexsht genarashan"

    66. EasyToKnow

      If there is life in any form on Mars, WE are the aliens und the Rover is the manless UFO.

      1. EasyToKnow

        Sry for bad English im german

    67. ManMadeDesaster

      11:09 UFO

    68. ZaimGamePlay

      Preseverance is "Spirit" and "curiosity" big brother :D

      1. bcvbb hyui

        what happens if the rover falls upside down or simply overturns since the surface isnt flat ?

    69. oiuet souiu

      Why don't they take a picture of the night sky above the rover, something would probably be seen (stars, etc.) Some of the many cameras could try it

      1. yasio bolo

        what happens if the rover falls upside down or simply overturns since the surface isnt flat ?

    70. karttik 17


      1. karttik 17

        @oiuet souiu huh? what's that?

      2. oiuet souiu

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    71. Nicholas Mine

      The earsplitting europe essentially mate because shorts microscopically curl toward a overjoyed trombone. thirsty, dramatic pancreas

      1. bcvbb hyui

        Where is your accent from? e.g Mers instead of Mars.

    72. Media SL - Second Life

      fabulous 😜

    73. jordan rader

      got an engineering question what about underground nuclear test facility for multiple tests not just a one off what would it take to build something like that

    74. Joe Vignolo

      Its interesting how much old Apollo technology is involved during entry, descent and landing the rover. The entry vehicle carries mass balances to shift its center of gravity away from its center of lift, which allows it to develop sideways lift perpendicular to its direction of travel. Then by continuously rolling the vehicle as necessary to redirect the lift the rover can be steered towards a precise landing area. The Apollo command module did the same thing during reentry. Also, the rover's terrain relative navigation system looks down and analyzes the terrain below, which allows it to avoid ground hazards and land in a safe spot. The Apollo lunar module's guidance system also brought the spacecraft down to a low altitude but then a human astronaut had to look down and analyze the terrain below and find a nice safe spot to touch down at. I guess whatever works is something you stay with.

    75. FrEaKo

      Is that oirsh oi her

    76. Lem Mel

      Why don't they take a picture of the night sky above the rover, something would probably be seen (stars, etc.) Some of the many cameras could try it

    77. beau sky

      engineering at its best, congratulations for a job well done. tell me if its time for us to inhabit Mars if the pandemic worsens in 10 years

    78. Kelvin Pack

      The ablaze address observationally touch because oatmeal ethnically sip besides a clean metal. brawny, untidy january

    79. Art Porebski

      Great engineering - except for the cameras. Perseverance has not produced any great hi-rez images from the planet from it's "technologically advanced" cameras. Either the cameras are crap or NASA is degrading the images on purpose. Is there any reason why NASA needs to hide what is present on Mars??? As taxpayers we are being shot-changed.

    80. irishmakbeth

      oof the dublin accent :( " carrying de nexsht genarashan"

    81. Dave Fretz

      🚀 way to go!

    82. TheExcessus

      Wait, so the moxie is practically a test for future terraforming?

    83. Vincent Morris

      Where is your accent from? e.g Mers instead of Mars.

    84. Alex Mwau

      what happens if the rover falls upside down or simply overturns since the surface isnt flat ?

    85. First Last

      This was super informative so thank you so much for digging and finding details of the rover. I really really appreciate it.

    86. Levi Well

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    88. Stephen J. Lubberts

      yep great engineering so what was that part that just fell offf nice job

    89. Marilyn Frydig

      It's insane to share that tech question copy rights!

    90. R J

      Imagine a world where you are able to end poverty once and for all, but instead waste all those recourses to visit a giant red rock.


        Poverty would never end under capitalism, because it would not generate any profit. Exploring space is a good use of money and resources, since if we want to survive and expand as a species we need to expand to other planets.

    91. eyestoicz

      Awesome thanks

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    94. cat videos

      I'm no flat-earther. But it is puzzling why there is more interest in colonizing Mars than there is in colonizing Antarctica.

      1. cat videos

        @Dwarfedgiant True that, regarding money wasted on war. But my point is, if we can terraform Mars, we can terraform Earth.

      2. Dwarfedgiant

        @cat videos it is at the moment, but with the right tech it can be habitable. Mars and the Moon are training grounds at the moment. If we had been investing the amount that each country spends on the military and wars and killing each other into the space industry, we would probably be far more advanced than we currently are.

      3. cat videos

        @Dwarfedgiant Even if Earth's climate changed drastically, due to meteor or whatever, it still doesn't make sense to go to Mars since Mars is already uninhabitable.

      4. Dwarfedgiant

        @cat videos a lot of things could happen to earth as we've seen in its history - meteor strike for example, climate change leading to ice ages etc etc if Earth is our only home, then any of these extinction events would be the end of us. If we had two homes, we have a back up. The longevity of our species will be determined by our presence in space. We've done pretty well so far for thousands of years, but the longer we wait, the closer these events become.

      5. cat videos

        @Dwarfedgiant What would happen to Earth?

    95. cat videos

      Too bad Mars is flat.

    96. T N

      We are alone 1000s of astrophysicst agree no one in the galaxy brian cox agrees hes done the science you should too

    97. Dj rochyam

      So smart

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    99. ceerw buty

      There's been much in the last few years that made me lose faith in humanity. This on the other hand really gave me hope :) ! Thx for this amazing video

    100. IM Cannon

      So good cgi. Excellent Work.

      1. ceerw buty

        Thanks for explaining everything.