The Insane Engineering of the Perseverance Rover

18. feb. 2021
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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy
Animator: Mike Ridolfi (
3D Animator: Eli (social handle: TwisterEli)
Sound: Graham Haerther (
Thumbnail: Simon Buckmaster


Thank you to AP Archive for access to their archival footage.

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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.

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    • 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

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

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    • @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

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    • @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

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

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

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  • Congrats

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  • perseverance rover = too much god damn math.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 👍

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

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  • An amazing story well told. Excellent work!

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  • NASA first enterprise well drilling do not laugh

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

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

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  • Now we are aliens on Mars😂

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

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  • 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

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

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    • FYI, there’s nothing impressive about punching down.

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    • 🤣🤣😂😂😂

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  • 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 🤔

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    • 🤦‍♂️

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

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

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

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

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  • 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

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  • did anyone see the ufo at 11 minuets

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  • Perseverance's actual landing can be seen here:

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  • epic for sure!

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

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  • at the top left

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  • i see you added a baby yoda at 2:24

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  • sent to mers?

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

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

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  • 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

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  • hoover dam and end ...........

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  • i cant even think in normal engeniering haha!

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  • MAERS!

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

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

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  • Your gay if you dont like

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  • 2:40 apert on the hersh mershin surface

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  • 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)

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  • Now this is what you call *REAL ENGINEERING*

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  • How did they make all these wow

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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

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    • 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.

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

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  • 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?

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  • 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?

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

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  • 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?

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

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

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    • AHHHHHHHH!!!!!

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  • future of Humanity ❤

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

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

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

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    • Sry for bad English im german

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  • 11:09 UFO

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

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

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  • 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

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

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    • @oiuet souiu huh? what's that?

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

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

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  • fabulous 😜

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Is that oirsh oi her

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 🚀 way to go!

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

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

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

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

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  • какие молодцы BRAVO

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

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

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

  • Awesome thanks

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

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

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    • @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.

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    • @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.

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    • @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.

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    • @Dwarfedgiant What would happen to Earth?

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  • Too bad Mars is flat.

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

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  • So smart

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  • 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

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  • So good cgi. Excellent Work.

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    • Thanks for explaining everything.

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  • Morse code..? In the wheels prints...? They seriously think another species uses our language of knows what it is... lmao.. They send this thing to another planet, and still only think this simply. Wow.... imagine how advanced a civilised species would be even if it were only 10,000 years ahead of us, let alone a million..! They could chop a limb off and regrow it in month. There's a big step to be found within energy and space, and we are nowhere near it yet. And the way we are going, we won't get too, we will be gone before anything special happens.

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  • "searching for life" on other planets so that the human can destroy them too.

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  • 19 mins and i didnt understand anything😂😂😂😂

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  • Meanwhile people be like "sToP sCiEncE"

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