The Insane Engineering of the Perseverance Rover

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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy
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  • Real Engineering
    Real EngineeringMiesiąc temu

    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.

  • The Hidden Ninja

    The Hidden Ninja

    7 dni temu

    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

  • The Hidden Ninja

    The Hidden Ninja

    7 dni temu

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

  • The Hidden Ninja

    The Hidden Ninja

    7 dni temu

    @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

  • The Hidden Ninja

    The Hidden Ninja

    7 dni temu

    @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

  • Jeremy Marquardt

    Jeremy Marquardt

    14 dni temu

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

  • Akshay Bhavekar
    Akshay Bhavekar2 godzin temu

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

  • minecraft wolf Garcia
    minecraft wolf Garcia12 godzin temu

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

  • S L
    S LDzień temu

    America, you scary! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • aaryan chaubal
    aaryan chaubalDzień temu

    Please do ingenuity

  • Mangala Telgote
    Mangala TelgoteDzień temu

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

  • armando olmedo
    armando olmedo2 dni temu


  • James Hernandez
    James Hernandez2 dni temu

    perseverance rover = too much god damn math.

  • MGTOW Gamer
    MGTOW Gamer2 dni temu

    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.

  • Simrith Singh
    Simrith Singh2 dni temu

    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. 👍

  • Wil Helm
    Wil Helm3 dni temu

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

  • Jim Hummel
    Jim Hummel4 dni temu

    An amazing story well told. Excellent work!

  • lulutileguy
    lulutileguy4 dni temu

    NASA first enterprise well drilling do not laugh

  • lulutileguy
    lulutileguy4 dni temu

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

  • top of the top
    top of the top5 dni temu

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

  • cwif rbm
    cwif rbm5 dni temu

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  • Gulalai Ali
    Gulalai Ali5 dni temu

    Now we are aliens on Mars😂

  • Nham Hai Chau
    Nham Hai Chau6 dni temu

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  • maw kuri
    maw kuri6 dni temu

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

  • starcastle22 22 Lomitas
    starcastle22 22 Lomitas6 dni temu

    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

  • BeActive Behappy
    BeActive Behappy7 dni temu

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

  • mtb416


    5 dni temu

    FYI, there’s nothing impressive about punching down.

  • Chris Thirion

    Chris Thirion

    5 dni temu


  • recon forsales
    recon forsales8 dni temu

    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 🤔

  • John Hazenhousen

    John Hazenhousen

    7 dni temu


  • michael balsamo
    michael balsamo9 dni temu


  • Cat in the box
    Cat in the box10 dni temu

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

  • YanickCharette
    YanickCharette11 dni temu

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

  • RAVIKUL RAO (RA2011051010071)
    RAVIKUL RAO (RA2011051010071)11 dni temu


  • MonkeySpecs301
    MonkeySpecs30111 dni temu

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

  • THE 53414
    THE 5341411 dni temu

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

  • Artaxerxes
    Artaxerxes12 dni temu

    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

  • Alasdair Easton
    Alasdair Easton12 dni temu

    did anyone see the ufo at 11 minuets

  • Fseirst Lrest
    Fseirst Lrest12 dni temu

    Perseverance's actual landing can be seen here:

  • Charlie 2007
    Charlie 200713 dni temu

    epic for sure!

  • TheChico868
    TheChico86813 dni temu

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

  • Dan Mon
    Dan Mon14 dni temu

    at the top left

  • Dan Mon
    Dan Mon14 dni temu

    i see you added a baby yoda at 2:24

  • nel son
    nel son15 dni temu

    sent to mers?

  • Chris Olds
    Chris Olds15 dni temu

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

  • Jayvee Guinto
    Jayvee Guinto16 dni temu

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

  • Barb Cole Tranquility Himalayans
    Barb Cole Tranquility Himalayans16 dni temu

    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

  • Gretchen Margret
    Gretchen Margret16 dni temu

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

  • Rosel Hepp
    Rosel Hepp17 dni temu

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

  • fersup2
    fersup217 dni temu

    i cant even think in normal engeniering haha!

  • Pawan Ramnarain
    Pawan Ramnarain19 dni temu


  • En Why
    En Why19 dni temu

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

  • Guest Playz Roblox
    Guest Playz Roblox19 dni temu

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

  • Landen Miles
    Landen Miles19 dni temu

    Your gay if you dont like

  • Jacob Goldberg
    Jacob Goldberg19 dni temu

    2:40 apert on the hersh mershin surface

  • アダンMimiko_Suki
    アダンMimiko_Suki19 dni temu

    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)

  • Croax Eskaton
    Croax Eskaton20 dni temu

    Now this is what you call *REAL ENGINEERING*

  • Uchiha Madara
    Uchiha Madara20 dni temu

    How did they make all these wow

  • Omar Abu-Salih
    Omar Abu-Salih21 dzień temu

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  • Dark Sans
    Dark Sans21 dzień temu

    JESUS LOVES YOU21 dzień temu

    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.

  • Brian Redmond
    Brian Redmond21 dzień temu

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

  • pida siouy
    pida siouy22 dni temu

    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

  • Kuro Htaryo

    Kuro Htaryo

    12 dni temu

    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.

  • Mark Goddard
    Mark Goddard22 dni temu

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

  • pida siouy

    pida siouy

    22 dni temu

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  • Odie Kivarkis
    Odie Kivarkis22 dni temu

    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?

  • panagranit pana
    panagranit pana22 dni temu

    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?

  • Prem Kolkar
    Prem Kolkar22 dni temu

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

  • signsofevil
    signsofevil22 dni temu

    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?

  • Nils Eriksen
    Nils Eriksen22 dni temu

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

  • gioyu comi
    gioyu comi22 dni temu

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

  • jason harmon
    jason harmon23 dni temu

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  • gioyu comi

    gioyu comi

    22 dni temu


  • seeni gzty
    seeni gzty23 dni temu

    future of Humanity ❤

  • Екатери́на Stalin’s mum
    Екатери́на Stalin’s mum23 dni temu

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

  • seeni gzty

    seeni gzty

    23 dni temu

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

  • EasyToKnow
    EasyToKnow24 dni temu

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

  • EasyToKnow


    24 dni temu

    Sry for bad English im german

  • ManMadeDesaster
    ManMadeDesaster25 dni temu

    11:09 UFO

  • ZaimGamePlay
    ZaimGamePlay26 dni temu

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

  • bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui

    25 dni temu

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

  • oiuet souiu
    oiuet souiu26 dni temu

    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

  • yasio bolo

    yasio bolo

    25 dni temu

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

  • karttik 17
    karttik 1726 dni temu


  • karttik 17

    karttik 17

    25 dni temu

    @oiuet souiu huh? what's that?

  • oiuet souiu

    oiuet souiu

    26 dni temu

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  • Nicholas Mine
    Nicholas Mine26 dni temu

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

  • bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui

    25 dni temu

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

  • Media SL - Second Life
    Media SL - Second Life27 dni temu

    fabulous 😜

  • jordan rader
    jordan rader27 dni temu

    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

  • Joe Vignolo
    Joe Vignolo27 dni temu

    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.

  • FrEaKo
    FrEaKo28 dni temu

    Is that oirsh oi her

  • Lem Mel
    Lem Mel28 dni temu

    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

  • beau sky
    beau sky28 dni temu

    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

  • Kelvin Pack
    Kelvin Pack28 dni temu

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

  • Art Porebski
    Art Porebski28 dni temu

    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.

  • irishmakbeth
    irishmakbeth28 dni temu

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

  • Dave Fretz
    Dave Fretz29 dni temu

    🚀 way to go!

  • TheExcessus
    TheExcessus29 dni temu

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

  • Vincent Morris
    Vincent Morris29 dni temu

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

  • Alex Mwau
    Alex Mwau29 dni temu

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

  • First Last
    First Last29 dni temu

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

  • Levi Well
    Levi Well29 dni temu

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    VIT FOREGNER29 dni temu

    какие молодцы BRAVO

  • Stephen J. Lubberts
    Stephen J. Lubberts29 dni temu

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

  • Marilyn Frydig
    Marilyn Frydig29 dni temu

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

  • R J
    R JMiesiąc temu

    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.



    26 dni temu

    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.

  • eyestoicz
    eyestoiczMiesiąc temu

    Awesome thanks

  • Yunho An
    Yunho AnMiesiąc temu

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  • walter Albán Lizarazo Ariza
    walter Albán Lizarazo ArizaMiesiąc temu


  • cat videos
    cat videosMiesiąc temu

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

  • cat videos

    cat videos

    28 dni temu

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

  • Dwarfedgiant


    28 dni temu

    @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.

  • cat videos

    cat videos

    28 dni temu

    @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.

  • Dwarfedgiant


    29 dni temu

    @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.

  • cat videos

    cat videos

    29 dni temu

    @Dwarfedgiant What would happen to Earth?

  • cat videos
    cat videosMiesiąc temu

    Too bad Mars is flat.

  • T N
    T NMiesiąc temu

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

  • Dj rochyam
    Dj rochyamMiesiąc temu

    So smart

  • Ben1 Tao
    Ben1 TaoMiesiąc temu

    The axiomatic faucet endogenously trot because mole counterintuitively look apud a eatable millennium. oafish, ill blouse

  • ceerw buty
    ceerw butyMiesiąc temu

    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

  • IM Cannon
    IM CannonMiesiąc temu

    So good cgi. Excellent Work.

  • ceerw buty

    ceerw buty

    Miesiąc temu

    Thanks for explaining everything.