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)
Sound: Graham Haerther (
Thumbnail: Simon Buckmaster


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  • Real Engineering
    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.

    • The Hidden Ninja
      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

    • The Hidden Ninja
      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?

    • The Hidden Ninja
      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

    • The Hidden Ninja
      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

    • Jeremy Marquardt
      Jeremy Marquardt

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

  • armando olmedo
    armando olmedo


  • James Hernandez
    James Hernandez

    perseverance rover = too much god damn math.

  • MGTOW Gamer
    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.

  • Simrith Singh
    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. 👍

  • Wil Helm
    Wil Helm

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

  • Jim Hummel
    Jim Hummel

    An amazing story well told. Excellent work!

  • lulutileguy

    NASA first enterprise well drilling do not laugh

  • lulutileguy

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

  • top of the top
    top of the top

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

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  • Gulalai Ali
    Gulalai Ali

    Now we are aliens on Mars😂

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    Nham Hai Chau

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  • maw kuri
    maw kuri

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

  • starcastle22 22 Lomitas
    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

  • BeActive Behappy
    BeActive Behappy

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

    • mtb416

      FYI, there’s nothing impressive about punching down.

    • Chris Thirion
      Chris Thirion


  • recon forsales
    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 🤔

    • John Hazenhousen
      John Hazenhousen


  • michael balsamo
    michael balsamo


  • Cat in the box
    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"

  • YanickCharette

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

  • RAVIKUL RAO (RA2011051010071)
    RAVIKUL RAO (RA2011051010071)


  • MonkeySpecs301

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

  • THE 53414
    THE 53414

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

  • 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

  • Alasdair Easton
    Alasdair Easton

    did anyone see the ufo at 11 minuets

  • Fseirst Lrest
    Fseirst Lrest

    Perseverance's actual landing can be seen here:

  • Charlie 2007
    Charlie 2007

    epic for sure!

  • TheChico868

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

  • Dan Mon
    Dan Mon

    at the top left

  • Dan Mon
    Dan Mon

    i see you added a baby yoda at 2:24

  • nel son
    nel son

    sent to mers?

  • Chris Olds
    Chris Olds

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

  • Jayvee Guinto
    Jayvee Guinto

    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 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

  • Gretchen Margret
    Gretchen Margret

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

  • Rosel Hepp
    Rosel Hepp

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

  • fersup2

    i cant even think in normal engeniering haha!

  • Pawan Ramnarain
    Pawan Ramnarain


  • En Why
    En Why

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

  • Guest Playz Roblox
    Guest Playz Roblox

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

  • Landen Miles
    Landen Miles

    Your gay if you dont like

  • Jacob Goldberg
    Jacob Goldberg

    2:40 apert on the hersh mershin surface

  • 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)

  • Croax Eskaton
    Croax Eskaton

    Now this is what you call *REAL ENGINEERING*

  • Uchiha Madara
    Uchiha Madara

    How did they make all these wow

  • Omar Abu-Salih
    Omar Abu-Salih

    The elegant cornet histochemically welcome because brand steadily inject next a handy lobster. xenophobic, annoyed helmet

  • Dark Sans
    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.

  • Brian Redmond
    Brian Redmond

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

  • pida siouy
    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

    • Kuro Htaryo
      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.

  • Mark Goddard
    Mark Goddard

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

    • pida siouy
      pida siouy

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  • Odie Kivarkis
    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?

  • panagranit pana
    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?

  • Prem Kolkar
    Prem Kolkar

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

  • 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?

  • Nils Eriksen
    Nils Eriksen

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

  • gioyu comi
    gioyu comi

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

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    jason harmon

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    • gioyu comi
      gioyu comi


  • seeni gzty
    seeni gzty

    future of Humanity ❤

  • Екатери́на Stalin’s mum
    Екатери́на Stalin’s mum

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

    • seeni gzty
      seeni gzty

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

  • EasyToKnow

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

    • EasyToKnow

      Sry for bad English im german

  • ManMadeDesaster

    11:09 UFO

  • ZaimGamePlay

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

    • bcvbb hyui
      bcvbb hyui

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

  • oiuet souiu
    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

    • yasio bolo
      yasio bolo

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

  • karttik 17
    karttik 17


    • karttik 17
      karttik 17

      @oiuet souiu huh? what's that?

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      oiuet souiu

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  • Nicholas Mine
    Nicholas Mine

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

    • bcvbb hyui
      bcvbb hyui

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

  • Media SL - Second Life
    Media SL - Second Life

    fabulous 😜

  • jordan rader
    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

  • Joe Vignolo
    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.

  • FrEaKo

    Is that oirsh oi her

  • Lem Mel
    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

  • beau sky
    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

  • Kelvin Pack
    Kelvin Pack

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  • Art Porebski
    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.

  • irishmakbeth

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

  • Dave Fretz
    Dave Fretz

    🚀 way to go!

  • TheExcessus

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

  • Vincent Morris
    Vincent Morris

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

  • Alex Mwau
    Alex Mwau

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

  • First Last
    First Last

    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 Well

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  • Stephen J. Lubberts
    Stephen J. Lubberts

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

  • Marilyn Frydig
    Marilyn Frydig

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

  • R J
    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.

  • eyestoicz

    Awesome thanks

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    Yunho An

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  • walter Albán Lizarazo Ariza
    walter Albán Lizarazo Ariza


  • cat videos
    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.

    • cat videos
      cat videos

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

    • 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.

    • cat videos
      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.

    • 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.

    • cat videos
      cat videos

      @Dwarfedgiant What would happen to Earth?

  • cat videos
    cat videos

    Too bad Mars is flat.

  • T N
    T N

    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 rochyam

    So smart

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    Ben1 Tao

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  • ceerw buty
    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

  • IM Cannon
    IM Cannon

    So good cgi. Excellent Work.

    • ceerw buty
      ceerw buty

      Thanks for explaining everything.

  • Anthony N
    Anthony N

    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.

  • MohondhaY

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

  • super makiey
    super makiey

    19 mins and i didnt understand anything😂😂😂😂

  • bouytt guyt
    bouytt guyt

    Meanwhile people be like "sToP sCiEncE"

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    • bouytt guyt
      bouytt guyt

      13:15 the sample tube looks like a lightsaber.