The Insane Engineering of the Perseverance Rover

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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy
Animator: Mike Ridolfi (
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  1. Real Engineering

    Real Engineering17 days ago

    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.

  2. Panagiotis Papoulias

    Panagiotis Papoulias7 hours ago

    Truly amazing work. You could feel that the video was several steps ahead, like Perseverance!

  3. Jeff Steele

    Jeff SteeleDay ago

    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

  4. Gurpreet Singh

    Gurpreet Singh6 days ago

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

  5. Lennon Mario

    Lennon Mario6 days ago

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

  6. Keegan Cyrus

    Keegan Cyrus6 days ago

    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

  7. TheCrazyCreep

    TheCrazyCreep8 hours ago

    "Mars" where you don't need to wear "Mask"

  8. Денис Успешный Синхронный Переводчик

    Денис Успешный Синхронный Переводчик9 hours ago

    So Mars has air? The presenter said the copter has a better attach angle to push more air down...

  9. diz zy

    diz zy11 hours ago

    i am proud of the human race

  10. Subxaanalah Allahu Akbar

    Subxaanalah Allahu Akbar14 hours ago

    What was the point?

  11. bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui15 hours ago

    its stuff like this that get people off their chairs and toward the stars Makes me want to quit medicine and join them, where the fun's at

  12. John Condor

    John Condor16 hours ago

    Insane engineers built it.

  13. bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui15 hours ago

    In4rmative Vdo

  14. K

    K18 hours ago

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

  15. Arman Kh

    Arman Kh23 hours ago

    "barely scratched the surface" -_-

  16. NikHem343

    NikHem343Day ago

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

  17. London Dada

    London DadaDay ago

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

  18. Nikhil Prabhu

    Nikhil PrabhuDay ago


  19. Lorenzo Rodriguez

    Lorenzo RodriguezDay ago

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

  20. EveningStar IoT

    EveningStar IoTDay ago

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

  21. sai charan

    sai charanDay ago

    so an alien species coming to earth hiding in soil

  22. manish yeolekar

    manish yeolekarDay ago

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

  23. Felice Izzo

    Felice IzzoDay ago

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

  24. Peter Parker

    Peter ParkerDay ago

    Fact- Nobody landed nowhere.

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  28. John Nada

    John NadaDay ago

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

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    Saree PoridhanDay ago

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    dlanod pmurtDay ago

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  33. Tango Romeo Golf

    Tango Romeo Golf2 days ago

    NASA is getting really good at CGI now.

  34. flymee drone

    flymee drone2 days ago

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

  35. BlueGlasses

    BlueGlasses2 days ago

    UFO at 13:45!!!!!

  36. Mukul Dave

    Mukul Dave2 days ago

    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.

  37. Nagy Sandor

    Nagy Sandor2 days ago

    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.

  38. Sorenkair

    Sorenkair2 days ago

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

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    税金で飯を食うとうまいな2 days ago


  40. Kyle Vin

    Kyle Vin2 days ago


  41. Demiaz

    Demiaz2 days ago

    13:15 the sample tube looks like a lightsaber.

  42. Shahbaz ahmed

    Shahbaz ahmed2 days ago

    Good nice video very much for

  43. Don'tBelieveTheHype IXXI

    Don'tBelieveTheHype IXXI2 days ago

    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$!

  44. Sam Sam

    Sam Sam2 days ago

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

  45. John Hazenhousen

    John Hazenhousen2 days ago


  46. P L

    P L2 days ago

    we are trying to do what UFOs have done on earth

  47. Steve Jefferson

    Steve Jefferson2 days ago

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

  48. Sam Sam

    Sam Sam2 days ago

    @Alex Siemers Some magic crystal or something.

  49. Alex Siemers

    Alex Siemers2 days ago

    What does Mars have that the pentagon would want?

  50. Sam Sam

    Sam Sam2 days ago

    To do what?

  51. Giuliano Mango

    Giuliano Mango3 days ago

    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.

  52. Magi728

    Magi7283 days ago

  53. Paddy 7177

    Paddy 71773 days ago

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

  54. belly tripper

    belly tripper2 days ago


  55. Chiranjeevi

    Chiranjeevi3 days ago

    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!?!

  56. Joseph Herrera

    Joseph Herrera3 days ago

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

  57. Sam Sam

    Sam Sam2 days ago

    Perseverance Twitter and following nasa

  58. Crawled Out Of Plato's Cave

    Crawled Out Of Plato's Cave3 days ago

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

  59. Blasko xx

    Blasko xx3 days ago

    What they are planning with the samples is sooo cool.

  60. REAVL

    REAVL3 days ago

    7:58 Mark Rober!

  61. Steve Bell

    Steve Bell3 days ago

    You should be in Hollywood Baby.

  62. Murat Kara

    Murat Kara3 days ago

    Great show and presentation

  63. Rajit Shekhar

    Rajit Shekhar3 days ago

    I bunked college to watch opportunity rover landing in 2004.

  64. Vũ Đình Nho

    Vũ Đình Nho3 days ago

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  65. EmmE

    EmmE3 days ago

    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.

  66. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue3 days ago

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

  67. Clint Barr

    Clint Barr3 days ago

    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

  68. soiung toiue

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  74. Each Day

    Each Day3 days ago

    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.

  75. longshenv5

    longshenv53 days ago

    "Mers" your ass!

  76. Victor Zed Wings

    Victor Zed Wings3 days ago

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

  77. Mark Arandjus

    Mark Arandjus3 days ago

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

  78. James August

    James August3 days ago

    13:45 I knew it!

  79. Carlos Morales

    Carlos Morales3 days ago

    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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    Hyped Grails4 days ago

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  81. Thomas Mar

    Thomas Mar4 days ago

  82. C-Games

    C-Games4 days ago

    I think Elon will be giving those samples a ride😂

  83. Jean-Jacques Fanchtein

    Jean-Jacques Fanchtein4 days ago

    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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    Saw Casc4 days ago

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  85. Manaf&Art

    Manaf&Art4 days ago

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

  86. Filterdissman

    Filterdissman4 days ago

    Imagine finding Martian ruins?

  87. Gokul Payyanur

    Gokul Payyanur4 days ago

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

  88. Addy Sidhu

    Addy Sidhu4 days ago

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

  89. 2015_toyota_ avanza_with_some_mod

    2015_toyota_ avanza_with_some_mod4 days ago

    Meanwhile in my country: wait you guys can penetrated sky

  90. alimar marsar

    alimar marsar4 days ago

    Goodluck for the next mission in mers

  91. Kartik K

    Kartik K3 days ago


  92. RS Pb

    RS Pb4 days ago

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

  93. Commander [REDACTED]

    Commander [REDACTED]4 days ago

    I wonder when we'll make FTL possible.

  94. Candeias C

    Candeias C4 days ago

    Now...find curiosity

  95. Candeias C

    Candeias C4 days ago

    Now.....find curiosity

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  97. Marko B

    Marko B4 days ago

    Lmao you idiots really believe this fantasy religion?

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  99. BananaDeVagina

    BananaDeVagina4 days ago

    Indonesian Subs please.....

  100. eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboi4 days ago

    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.

  101. Arstotzka Ball TR

    Arstotzka Ball TR4 days ago


  102. Duran

    Duran4 days ago

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

  103. eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboi4 days ago

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

  104. Duran

    Duran4 days ago

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

  105. Duran

    Duran4 days ago

    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 🤪🤪

  106. Jalal mjr

    Jalal mjr4 days ago


  107. Shop-made

    Shop-made4 days ago

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

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  109. Senthil Kumar

    Senthil Kumar4 days ago

    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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  113. Civil Engineering Practice

    Civil Engineering Practice4 days ago

    Thank you, can i translate your video to Vietnamese.

  114. adv20

    adv204 days ago

    I had no idea there was a planet called Mers

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  116. Insane Facts

    Insane Facts5 days ago

    wow... the real insane engeneering

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