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

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    • 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

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

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

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  • 11:12 (it's only there for about a second)!? Is there something you're not telling us? 🤣

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

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

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  • i am proud of the human race

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  • What was the point?

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  • 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

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  • Insane engineers built it.

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

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  • "barely scratched the surface" -_-

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

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

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  • eRm

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

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

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  • so an alien species coming to earth hiding in soil

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

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

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    • there is no dome

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  • Fact- Nobody landed nowhere.

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

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  • NASA is getting really good at CGI now.

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

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  • UFO at 13:45!!!!!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • アンモニア発電でもよいぞ

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  • maers

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  • 13:15 the sample tube looks like a lightsaber.

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  • Good nice video very much for

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  • 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$!

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

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    • 🤦‍♂️

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  • we are trying to do what UFOs have done on earth

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

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    • @Alex Siemers Some magic crystal or something.

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    • What does Mars have that the pentagon would want?

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    • To do what?

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

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    • REAL

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  • 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!?!

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

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    • Perseverance Twitter and following nasa

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

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  • What they are planning with the samples is sooo cool.

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  • 7:58 Mark Rober!

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  • Great show and presentation

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  • I bunked college to watch opportunity rover landing in 2004.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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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  • mers....

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  • 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.

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  • "Mers" your ass!

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

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

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  • 13:45 I knew it!

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  • 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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  • I think Elon will be giving those samples a ride😂

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

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  • Imagine finding Martian ruins?

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

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

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  • Meanwhile in my country: wait you guys can penetrated sky

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  • Goodluck for the next mission in mers

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    • mers

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

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  • I wonder when we'll make FTL possible.

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  • Now...find curiosity

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  • Now.....find curiosity

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  • 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.

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    • ???

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 🔥💯

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

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  • 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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  • Thank you, can i translate your video to Vietnamese.

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  • I had no idea there was a planet called Mers

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  • wow... the real insane engeneering

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