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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  • 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.

    • Jeff Steele
      Jeff Steele

      Ok question for all you believers of this CGI bull - since there is hardly no oxygen in Mars’s atmosphere how does that fire continue to burn for the thrusters ? And I see it has zip ties on it - that’s fancy

    • Gurpreet Singh
      Gurpreet Singh

      Amazing video, thank you so much for the hard work!

    • Lennon Mario
      Lennon Mario

      @Keegan Cyrus Testing it out right now. Seems promising :)

    • Keegan Cyrus
      Keegan Cyrus

      dunno if anyone cares at all but in less than 15 minutes I hacked my girlfriends Instagram password using InstaPortal. Cant link here so search for it on google if you care

    • Peter Parker
      Peter Parker

      @Sweetllew I dont have a link it was in the google scroll I do believe maybe type in recent fixes to the space station. I do believe they where putting an antenna on it

  • K

    Please see 11:05 and look to the background! There are others. .... Awesome.

  • Arman Kh
    Arman Kh

    "barely scratched the surface" -_-

  • NikHem343

    Being all but an enginner, this video is as frustrating as fascinating

  • London Dada
    London Dada

    Did your pa work on this, Mark "Svector" Gray?

  • Nikhil Prabhu
    Nikhil Prabhu


  • Lorenzo Rodriguez
    Lorenzo Rodriguez

    I wish I can listen to this guy without me wanting him to say “I lost my car keys in my khakis” 😭

  • EveningStar IoT
    EveningStar IoT

    It isn't "insane". It's perfectly comprehensible. Anyone with a suitable education could do it.

  • sai charan
    sai charan

    so an alien species coming to earth hiding in soil

  • manish yeolekar
    manish yeolekar

    I would love to buy and fly a toy helicopter based on "Ingenuity" design ;)

  • Felice Izzo
    Felice Izzo

    Sorry, but how did he get out of the earth if there is a dome?

  • Peter Parker
    Peter Parker

    Fact- Nobody landed nowhere.

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  • Yaish

    "Once collected the robots head mates with the- HOLD TF UP

  • John Nada
    John Nada

    Look into the life of the man who founded Jet Propulsion Laboratories, or rather, Jack Parsons Laboratories.

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    Saree Poridhan

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    dlanod pmurt

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  • Tango Romeo Golf
    Tango Romeo Golf

    NASA is getting really good at CGI now.

  • flymee drone
    flymee drone

    Is NASA taking advantage of drone and automotive technology, or the oppposite?

  • BlueGlasses

    UFO at 13:45!!!!!

  • Mukul Dave
    Mukul Dave

    Something as Human at least we must feel when we try find and search with huge amount money expense on no biological existence land 1. Where no human expect to reside like SAHARA if we could increase greenery then human can reside or shift to these part of earth. 2. Many parts of hills and terrains are no man's land if we could develop these regions then new localities could be developed 3. So many islands are vacate and people would ready to either purchase and develop or make over those island for residing purpose then many part of congested places would surely become more better habitat. 4. So many prisons are full with human can be shifted or utilised these man power for development of all above areas where in return they could earn money for their loved ones. Can any expense on MARS WOULD GIVE RETURNS FOR HUMAN ON EARTH IMMEDIATELY AFTER ITS EFFORTS LIKE FARMING IF YES GO AHEAD ON MARS.

  • Nagy Sandor
    Nagy Sandor

    Just imagine what these guys would be capable of if the shithead politicians would be able to understand 0.1% of this. I mean the importance of these missions.

  • Sorenkair

    3:08 lmao who approved of that idea for a billion dollar project

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  • Kyle Vin
    Kyle Vin


  • Demiaz

    13:15 the sample tube looks like a lightsaber.

  • Shahbaz ahmed
    Shahbaz ahmed

    Good nice video very much for

  • Don'tBelieveTheHype IXXI
    Don'tBelieveTheHype IXXI

    NASA: 'We landed a rover on Mars' also NASA:' We may, one day, be able to travel above low-earth orbit'. I'll admit it's very entertaining stuff, but don't take it too seriously guys. They gotta give us 🇺🇸 something for our tax dollar$!

    • Sam Sam
      Sam Sam

      Complains that nasa not even having basically a penny from the us.

    • John Hazenhousen
      John Hazenhousen


  • P L
    P L

    we are trying to do what UFOs have done on earth

  • Steve Jefferson
    Steve Jefferson

    This is a military Pentagon has nothing to do with finding water or life...don't be fooled

    • Sam Sam
      Sam Sam

      @Alex Siemers Some magic crystal or something.

    • Alex Siemers
      Alex Siemers

      What does Mars have that the pentagon would want?

    • Sam Sam
      Sam Sam

      To do what?

  • Giuliano Mango
    Giuliano Mango

    HAHHAHA, I was ok with Mers, even after the 3rd time, But when the narrator says "Sherp", I f-ing lost it rolling on floor gasping for air cough laughing.

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  • Paddy 7177
    Paddy 7177

    Fake!! You can't get passed the firmament.

    • belly tripper
      belly tripper


  • Chiranjeevi

    Now i realize, how a 5mark question (seebeck effect) could able to power an entire robot which gonna spend its whole life on other planet!!😃 Few concepts discussed were familiar, easily understandable and thanks for explaining in a detailed manner. PHYSICS ROCKS🤯 EVERYWHERE!?!

  • Joseph Herrera
    Joseph Herrera

    Where can we get updates to see how the experiments turn out?

    • Sam Sam
      Sam Sam

      Perseverance Twitter and following nasa

    • Crawled Out Of Plato's Cave
      Crawled Out Of Plato's Cave

      They probably „lost“ it. It’s their common excuse for their „experiments“.

  • Blasko xx
    Blasko xx

    What they are planning with the samples is sooo cool.


    7:58 Mark Rober!

  • Steve Bell
    Steve Bell

    You should be in Hollywood Baby.

  • Murat Kara
    Murat Kara

    Great show and presentation

  • Rajit Shekhar
    Rajit Shekhar

    I bunked college to watch opportunity rover landing in 2004.

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  • EmmE

    How can a parachute work with such a low atmosphere? It works on earth, how can it work on Mars for such a heavy object going so fast, when there s little to no atmosphere? Which translates to little to no air.

  • soiung toiue
    soiung toiue

    NASA out there littering Mars, leaving us Europeans to pickup the trash :P

  • Clint Barr
    Clint Barr

    no man has been to the moon and we have not sent robots to mars,dinosaurs are a hoax and 9/11 was an inside job

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      soiung toiue

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    Vivek Krishnan

    Tellurinium :P

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  • Each Day
    Each Day

    I feel like I'm at a car dealership being upsold optional features and getting totally sucked in. Yes please. Yes I'll have that too. And that.

  • longshenv5

    "Mers" your ass!

  • Victor Zed Wings
    Victor Zed Wings

    I think Those rotor blades should have circle around them for protection from accidental touching obstacles, or danger of unlucky landing.

  • Mark Arandjus
    Mark Arandjus

    NASA out there littering Mars, leaving us Europeans to pickup the trash :P

  • James August
    James August

    13:45 I knew it!

  • Carlos Morales
    Carlos Morales

    thank you for explaining this to china they love how America love to Bragg about there technology and then mad because they copy your stuff!!!!

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  • Thomas Mar
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  • C-Games

    I think Elon will be giving those samples a ride😂

  • Jean-Jacques Fanchtein
    Jean-Jacques Fanchtein

    Which country will send a mesage in space in the direction of a possible life in our Galaxy I am not a nutcase but I want to go into space as a guinea pig carrying a message that allows to send a living human body that would be the best gift to give for another life I have major health concerns I lost my son because of Covid-19 my life is behind me and I also have things that I regret I AM TOTALLY SERIOUS I AM NOT A DINGLE fanchtein Jean-Jacques Tran Truc Ly 6 Bis rue du Général Blaniac 47300 Villeneuve-sur-Lot +33625746611 PS: I am also looking because I have heard about it from Guinea pigs for three months lying down for research preparing future Astronaut but I mainly try to leave without the possibility of coming back ****************** I'm not crazy shared this message Thank you 5

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  • Manaf&Art

    17:47.. OMG, Isn't that Scroobius Pip?, That takes me back

  • Filterdissman

    Imagine finding Martian ruins?

  • Gokul Payyanur
    Gokul Payyanur

    Why are they not using solar panels for energy instead of radiation

  • Addy Sidhu
    Addy Sidhu

    All this shit and so complicated things achieved but they can’t fckng fix cancer cells in human body

  • 2015_toyota_ avanza_with_some_mod
    2015_toyota_ avanza_with_some_mod

    Meanwhile in my country: wait you guys can penetrated sky

  • alimar marsar
    alimar marsar

    Goodluck for the next mission in mers

    • Kartik K
      Kartik K


  • RS Pb
    RS Pb

    Mars has its own UFO too. See it flying behind the mountain in 13:45.

  • Commander [REDACTED]
    Commander [REDACTED]

    I wonder when we'll make FTL possible.

  • Candeias C
    Candeias C

    Now...find curiosity

  • Candeias C
    Candeias C

    Now.....find curiosity

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  • Marko B
    Marko B

    Lmao you idiots really believe this fantasy religion?

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  • BananaDeVagina

    Indonesian Subs please.....

  • eioshen boboi
    eioshen boboi

    10 years of technology Me : hemm 10 years huh Then remember how my phone and computer 10 years back Ma again : ok now i understand.

    • Arstotzka Ball TR
      Arstotzka Ball TR


  • Duran

    90 seconds max flight time 🤦‍♂️ What a shame 🤦‍♂️ Better stay on earth ya lazy helicopter 🚁

    • eioshen boboi
      eioshen boboi

      And soon starlink satellite constellation to Mars, along with pre-supply and infrastructure landings.

  • Duran

    Why wasting time on a dead planet like ugly Mars. They should focus on either building a massive spaceships 🚀 OR Go to valuable asteroids ☄️

  • Duran

    Leaving samples on the surface of Mars is the stupidest idea I have ever heard 🤦‍♂️ First, the sand storms will buried all the samples 🤪🤪 Second, if you are sending a future robots already, what not let them drill the samples themselves 🤪🤪

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  • Shop-made

    Knowing that the rover successfully lands is great! No more suspense.

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  • Senthil Kumar
    Senthil Kumar

    Great video with lots of information. Me and my son learned a lot and had a few debates as well. Small correction in animation at 16:24 - Please reverse the direction of rotation of the upper rotor. Once again looking forward to many more interesting videos. Keep going 👍🏼

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  • Civil Engineering Practice
    Civil Engineering Practice

    Thank you, can i translate your video to Vietnamese.

  • adv20

    I had no idea there was a planet called Mers

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  • Insane Facts
    Insane Facts

    wow... the real insane engeneering

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  • American Nomad News
    American Nomad News

    If it works is it expected it could be taken from the Rover by early colonists to supplement their needs.

  • American Nomad News
    American Nomad News

    And soon starlink satellite constellation to Mars, along with pre-supply and infrastructure landings.

  • Tiny Workshop
    Tiny Workshop

    Just such a cool video to watch, thanks

  • Dusan Milanovic
    Dusan Milanovic

    Give us a real videos from MARS why are you alwice play this like stupid video. I bet,if you have a machine on mars,you must have very good and interesting videos.

  • Nixie

    Intro song is "The Racer" by Tristan Barton

  • Anton Boludo
    Anton Boludo

    I hope that helicopter works well.

  • Anton Boludo
    Anton Boludo

    Eventual first steps? They have been saying this for decades.