The Insane Engineering of the Perseverance Rover

Published on Feb 18, 2021
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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.

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

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

    • 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

    • @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

    • @Peter Parker could you give me the link? It would be great to confirm or deny said evidence.

  • 7:58 Mark Rober!

  • You should be in Hollywood Baby.

  • Great show and presentation

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

  • Ôi Sao Hoả Trái đất đến là để Hồi sinh chú Em đấy. Ngủ lâu quá rồi.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • "Mers" your ass!

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

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

  • 13:45 I knew it!

  • 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😂

  • 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

  • Imagine finding Martian ruins?

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

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

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

  • Goodluck for the next mission in mers

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

  • I wonder when we'll make FTL possible.

  • Now...find curiosity

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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 🤪🤪

  • 🔥💯

  • 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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  • Fake

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

  • I had no idea there was a planet called Mers

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  • wow... the real insane engeneering

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

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

  • Just such a cool video to watch, thanks

  • 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.

  • Intro song is "The Racer" by Tristan Barton

  • I hope that helicopter works well.

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

  • Let us hope it delivers.

  • My CPU fan is 2500+RPM sometimes I feel like my PC case doesn't touching the ground for a second

  • liar

  • Show us EARTH from MARS. Put the picture. There is so many lies about moon and mars,so many. And what is important is that wee pay them to lie us.

  • Great editing and great video

  • 11:11 Aliens

  • Excellent concise video, beautifully told.

  • Lol I got this for homework

  • Baby Yoda at 2:22?

  • Mers, planef, flighf, heaf.

  • Did you see the UFO

  • Narration: the Radioisotope Thermal Generator "produces alpha waves" - No, your brain produces alpha waves, the plutonium produces alpha particles.

    • If you go small enough everything is a wave

  • sounds like Perseverance has the same advanced technology as a Roomba®! 🤯🤯

  • Tatalunin parin yan ng nga Pilipino 😁💪

  • 11:09 UFO

  • Damn, Imagine having to make something that absolutely can not break. If the thought put into that thing had weight it would never leave the ground!

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  • Yay cartoons!

  • Lol

  • 13:45.. in the sky :)

  • So we can send a rover to Mars that operates off free energy. But still can’t power every house with free renewable energy

    • @Michael Conroy that’s what they have you believe

    • There is no such thing as renewable energy lol

  • People believe this bullshit? Lol

  • Good video. You should just stop calling mars mers but other then that its nice

  • Intresting!!!great

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  • amazing engineering


  • This idea is dumb, ambiguous and expensive.

  • “MERS”

  • 6:35 Plutonium? wait a minute, are you telling me that this sucker is nuclear??? No no no no no, this sucker is electrical, but I need a radiactive substance as a heat source to generate the 110 watts of electricity I need! I see... mmm, did you rip that off?

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  • We will be dead by the time humans are able to visit Mars, danger ahead! there’s no life up there stop wasting money spend that money on this planet to make it great again!!

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  • thanks...

  • "maris"

  • real eng,. you are wrong about the rc helis in that size rc heli blades can reach up to 2800-3100 rpms I know I have 7 of them.