The Insane Engineering of the Perseverance Rover

Feb 18, 2021
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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy
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  • 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.

    Real EngineeringReal Engineering5 days ago
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      Steven MarbleSteven Marble2 hours ago
    • @The Rat Chad Here ya go.... From a new ager .........

      MarkMark7 hours ago
    • @The Rat Chad Sure I can share from a non Christian or a Christian which would you prefer?

      MarkMark7 hours ago
    • @Mark You gonna tell us how the earth is flat next?

      The Rat ChadThe Rat Chad7 hours ago
    • @Mark oh ok, I’ll keep that in mind

      Moss MMoss M7 hours ago
  • wrong. Great video 🙃

    JoannaJoanna29 minutes ago
  • Thanks in part to the Colombian Diana Trujillo, aerospace engineer leader of this mission

    Leonardo BCLeonardo BC43 minutes ago
  • I wonder what would be your ping in betwixt Mars and Texas

    Vals FoppelVals Foppel53 minutes ago
  • What song did you use for the intro?

    August BrookwellAugust Brookwell58 minutes ago
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  • But did your booster land itself

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  • I designed a turtle in 5 seconds...I'm not imoressed

    ipissoff libtardosipissoff libtardosHour ago
  • Advancement in technology is amazingly on display with this latest rover. But these missions to Mars are dumb. A baron planet and uninhabitable land. It's just desert with no oxygen. Dull to live in which is why God created earth 🌎for us.

  • Thank you for creating such a wonderful video.

    Archith Ravi JierArchith Ravi JierHour ago
  • These rockets after getting launched land on to a studio where high class pic editors live.

    Knight MareKnight MareHour ago
  • Greats job!

    yo mismoyo mismoHour ago
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    محمد احمد محمدمحمد احمد محمد2 hours ago
  • MERS

    Tara G TvTara G Tv2 hours ago
  • next mission should explore Martian cave.

    Parker NgParker Ng2 hours ago
  • haha there's a UFO at 11:09

    OsoTanukiOsoTanuki2 hours ago
  • This channel is a goldmine with such videos!

    Samarth ZalteSamarth Zalte2 hours ago
  • Meanwhile, I struggle cooking lasagna.

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    George GeorgeGeorge George2 hours ago
  • It's so sad that so many of you believe this garbage..never any real video, always CGI and billions of dollars wasted while American children are going hungry..

    Traci RawletteTraci Rawlette3 hours ago
  • If the engineering was insane, I doubt that it would work.

    hawkdslhawkdsl3 hours ago
  • I am just curious that why they haven't used solar panels to generate energy ???

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    Gill ChanGill Chan4 hours ago
  • It's amazing what people are capable of. And to think, while all this is going on, we are recklessly and thoughtlessly destroying our biosphere fast as we can. (Read, our life support system) Are we nuts or what?

    citizenschallengeYTcitizenschallengeYT4 hours ago
  • я так и не понял, что это за фильм:ужасы,комедия,боевик??? какаята любительская съемка

    Гога МаркарянГога Маркарян4 hours ago
  • To make some sense of NASA's narration substitute "Iceland" for "Mars."

    Toy MakToy Mak4 hours ago
  • Open your mind, think critically. Examine the evidence. When has NASA ever been cross examined about its claims? News reporters accept what they say without any skepticism.

    Cunninghams LawCunninghams Law4 hours ago
  • Thank you for the video RE !

    Laser - Latihan SederhanaLaser - Latihan Sederhana4 hours ago
  • WOW! Awesome post!

    Diamond CutterDiamond Cutter4 hours ago
  • 9:39 looks like a turbo

    seba haraseba hara4 hours ago
  • Two things happened to me that day, both triumphs of science. The Mars landing and my final COVID vaccination.

    rationalguyrationalguy4 hours ago
  • Never heard of Mrrs?

    sumguy8sumguy85 hours ago
  • The surface of murs...

    Shagufta KhanShagufta Khan5 hours ago
  • Where are the Flat Marsians now???...Oh sorry, I mean the Flat Earthers??? Flat Earthers 2020... Flat Marsians 2120...

    Demz T.Demz T.5 hours ago
  • As a retired machine designer and old enough to remember Project Mercury launching the chimpanzees into space before Alan Shepard and John Glenn, this is really fascinatingly Insane Engineering. Would've been great to be a part of if. Just glad I've been able to see it thru the last 60 years. Would love to be able to see the next 60 years.

    Joe YagerJoe Yager5 hours ago
  • It's pretty cool to think that while ur reading this little insignificant reply, perseverance is roaming mars.

    Steve BennettSteve Bennett5 hours ago
  • Such a nice video!

    yashvi sharmayashvi sharma5 hours ago
  • The cameraman has tremendous courage 👍

    MIKHAEL JrMIKHAEL Jr5 hours ago
  • What if Mars was obliterated millions of years ago! When i say that I mean the outside of the planet! The beings on the planet had burrowed into the planet millions of years ago! You won't bother them until you start digging! You get water on Mars for 3 months of the year on the North Pole as we'd call it! They could collect that and live within the planet! Musk has started to burrow into the earth for fast vehicle travel! I wonder if it's starting for us just like what happened to Mars!

    Steve DennisSteve Dennis6 hours ago
  • Well, so basically soil samples will be lost because storms or covered by dust and become trash. Too many years until the next rover can take those.

    thecrazyloser7thecrazyloser76 hours ago
  • I'm excited for Perserverance's and Ingenuity's finds. And I hope I can see the day when humans have a permanent base in Mars. And rovers possibly preparing a place for humans to stay.

    Playana KobiPlayana Kobi6 hours ago
  • I hope it goes wells :) but all the moving parts has me worried

    aidan hartaidan hart6 hours ago
  • today, MOXIE. tomorrow, terraforming Mars.

    Darth VirginDarth Virgin7 hours ago
  • Enjoyed the show and may pay for more! But my Irish-sounding friend I am a retired ( 8 years ) USAF Crash Rescue Fire fighter and (14 ) Years US. Navy Air Crew Survival Equipmentman ( Aviation Life Support Systems ) and working at NASA on the Spacesuits would be the mecca of my job expertise. ..! But I am also a UFO BUFF and Air Craft Buff since I was 14 Years old watching Project UFO based off The Air Forces Project Blue Book !...I have seen just about every show that covered this subject matter before my military life and well after I have retired! Seen the SR-71 in 1970 when It landed with an emergency at my base Mealstrome AFB, MT! After retiring in 93 I took a contractor job working tor McDonnell Douglas / Boeing at NSAWC/ TOPGUN at Fallon Nevada, 130 miles from Area -51! I have talk to many F-4, F-5, F-16, F-14, F-15 Pilots long before VF-41 Pilots saw the Tic Tack UFO and other sightings! During all of my Data collections, I know of every UFO sighting around the world, and three years before I got station at Maelstrom AFB, MT there was a UFO that shut down all the Missile in the area and I have even been down inside a launch capsule out in the Montana boondocks and through co-workers, I know this to be true and factual as I later was a member of the Air Forces REDHORSE Crash recovery Deployment team ! I have to ask you, Are you aware of the Two Different NASA's? For years we have heard the reports of a flying Triangle Craft that has been seen all around this world for many years, Even the Tic Tack has been seen years before the Nimitz VF-41 F-18s spotted it! Now I hear it took 7 months to reach MARS! I hear we have a SpaceCraft the can go to mars and be bach before Noon! Maybe the TR3B ?.... Why are we paying for NASA and the Black Projects and get lied to about all this old space Travel BS and keep pumping $$$$$$ into NASA, Are we this stupid????? Phoenix, AZ 1997, thousands saw it, Brent Warters UK saw the same stuff as Maelstrom AFB saw ??? I think we can handle the truth and stop farting around with this landing on MARS when we have the so-called SPACE FORCE now SOLOR WARDEN as it was called! Bob Lazar's story and the many many people who have seen with their own eyes as I have! Don't panic the people, because truth is we are the low hanging fruit and if " They " wanted us gone they would have done so! It's time the truth came out and stop all this slow boat to China BS ! ( Excuse the Spelling and Bad grammar I had to speak my peace ! ) We are being Lied to! .....Man in Black !

    Jesse James BellJesse James Bell7 hours ago
  • aliens gotta be impressed when pulling it apart

    knee gearknee gear7 hours ago
  • So plutonium dioxide is kind of an arc reactor For the perseverance 🤔 Coooooooooollll...

    Hakuna MatataHakuna Matata7 hours ago
  • MERS

    friscomelt4lifefriscomelt4life7 hours ago
  • I'm so excited to see the first human on Mars, I cant wait

    Meetra SurrikMeetra Surrik7 hours ago
  • Petition for Perseverance to find Oppy and give them a proper send off

    kelvin fennell\kelvin fennell\7 hours ago
  • "mers"

    Erik StammersErik Stammers7 hours ago
  • how the hell am I allowed to watch this for free

    DSMDSM7 hours ago
  • Sorry but this is completely fake like the moon landing. They can send back crystal clear images yet NASA admits all pictures of earth are CGI... And NASA says they can't go back to the moon because they lost the technology.

    MarkMark8 hours ago
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    Cameron BayesCameron Bayes8 hours ago
  • Just send me.. i volunteer to a one way trip to mars.. ill make that sacrifice.

    mr. rammr. ram8 hours ago
  • "On Julee t'ertieth, 2020" oh great. I have to listen to an Irish fuck for the next 20 minutes

    Hugh JassHugh Jass8 hours ago
  • Not even high yet and my mind in Freaking Blown!!!!🤯🤯🤯🤯

    Carlos RamirezCarlos Ramirez8 hours ago
  • ok

    WestifyXDWestifyXD8 hours ago
  • This thing farting methane?

    Adam GAdam G8 hours ago
  • Imagine Someday Earth Will Have It's Rovers From Mars

    BenjieYTBenjieYT8 hours ago
  • Amazing. Mankind's newest frontier.

    Carson PayneCarson Payne8 hours ago
  • The thing that hovered over the rover and then went back up... Where did that thing go? Back into space? lol No one seems to mention this. @ 1:45

    Ancestros del solAncestros del sol9 hours ago
    • No, it falls and crashes a few kilometers away.

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  • This is really incredible, but I had a thought/question... If the system is able to collect samples of Mars and move it through a system like that, why not create a highly capable compact spectrometer to run tests on the samples onboard and send the data back? This way there is no need to pickup what was grabbed, nor ship home.. just all the scientific review done automatically and all on system

    Josh HillisJosh Hillis9 hours ago
  • Great, what’s on MARS that earth needs so badly?.

    The VikingThe Viking9 hours ago
  • Oh look potatoes

    Micheal MouseMicheal Mouse9 hours ago
  • Love it man 🙌😎👌🏻

    David LambDavid Lamb9 hours ago
  • Baby Yoda at 2:20 on upper left corner?

    João Rafael Camargo BianciniJoão Rafael Camargo Biancini9 hours ago
  • What's Mayres? I thought it's Mars, so infuriating to listen to :|

    Syduzzaman SydSyduzzaman Syd9 hours ago
  • lmao

    TheWehzyTheWehzy9 hours ago
  • Me: Has no clue what he is talking about Also me: Hmm yes I agree

    RaptorGRaptorG9 hours ago
  • I couldn't help thinking that this video was narrated by Ardon O'Hanlon.

    Chris WoodChris Wood9 hours ago
  • Great explanations of the different systems and processes. I am not sure why we need to send humans there in the future, however.

    William OlenchenkoWilliam Olenchenko9 hours ago
  • This is amazing....Thanks for the Video looks real with real pictures I guess. My eye Spot it in minutes 13:44 that some object Moves or fly From right to left seems like comes up stop and moves faster to the left. Please someone explain that thank you.

    Milton RollyMilton Rolly10 hours ago
  • Did anyone see the UFO at 11:11?

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    Martin NovákMartin Novák10 hours ago
  • The People goin to Mars gonna need to train like goku on his way to namek so they can stand

    Stev WayStev Way10 hours ago
  • Polluting a planet that humans haven been too smh jk this is very interesting

    Erick RojasErick Rojas10 hours ago
  • All to just plop it down in greenland. Lol. Nasa is lying folks! Wake up

    Trump2020Trump202010 hours ago
  • Yes, "insane" is a technically accurate real engineering term. /s

    Brad HobbsBrad Hobbs11 hours ago
  • 1,000 years later were just ganna look at this like "why were we looking at the soil were standing on lol"

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    Rachel RobertsRachel Roberts11 hours ago
  • NASA maintaining their jobs for years! Great idea!

    ruben weilruben weil11 hours ago
  • "Mars used to be pronounced in one syllable. "MARZ." The pronunciation "May-ress" is a new one to me.

    Dr. SkulhamrDr. Skulhamr11 hours ago
  • Anyone see the UFO, on the horizon, Fly away at 13:46 ???? Great vid.

    Wayne GWayne G11 hours ago
  • Lies...also why not have solar powered drone capabilities and 360 cameras

    BenYah IsraelBenYah Israel11 hours ago
  • So tell me how they actually communicate with it? If your just a few hundred miles from a tower no connection. How and what is carrying the signal all that distance?

    MultiGazmanMultiGazman11 hours ago
  • Wow that definitely is amazing engineering. It's made me think humans getting there is a lot more closer to happening than I thought it was :)

    Universal EntityUniversal Entity11 hours ago
  • Are you same guy thats in ColdFusion?

    Wahab FilesWahab Files11 hours ago
  • all fake earth its FLAT!!

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  • MERS

    MirMir11 hours ago
  • This was such a treat to watch and get a better idea of what is being used for this mission. Thank you so much for the great video and to all the people involved in this project. To all the Engineers and teams of specialists on this mission, you are amazing.

    VitmanVitman12 hours ago
  • But how does it deal with the sand worms?

    Vell0cetVell0cet12 hours ago
  • My God, i have goosebumps hearing these very deep scientific explanation of things included in this expedition...Imagine we are at year 2021 and we have already reached so much in terms of technology. Now imagine how much more it would be in years 2050 or 2100. We will all long be dead, but just imagine how much advancement man kind would be able to reach by then...Life is indeed so beautiful beautiful but such a very mysterious one. Enjoy everything guys, don't hesitate on things that you would want to do or achieve, don't let society dictate what should or you could be, start by confessing to your crush hahahaha DO it now!!!

    K GK G12 hours ago
  • It's amazing to think we might have soil from another planet within the next 5-7 years. I really hope I get to see it.....what a time to be alive.

    ZulisianZulisian12 hours ago
  • Boy I can't wait til we step foot on....Mers?

    Luke CagueLuke Cague13 hours ago
  • isro will be the first space agency to put man on mars

    chitranjan kumarchitranjan kumar13 hours ago