The Insane Engineering of the Perseverance Rover

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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy
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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.
The Hidden Ninja
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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
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@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
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@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
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@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
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@The Hidden Ninja yeah... no shit! It never will be there either 🙄 only in cartoon form. Keep dreaming of fake space
Mangala Telgote
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When will perseverance MOXIE will start working? I mean production of oxygen?
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James Hernandez
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perseverance rover = too much god damn math.
MGTOW Gamer Pirms dienas
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.
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Wil Helm
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13:43 Proof of alien UFOs on Mars!!!!!!
Jim Hummel
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An amazing story well told. Excellent work!
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NASA first enterprise well drilling do not laugh
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Rough roads ought to complain only way for improvement martains make themselves scarce when roads need smoothing
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Am I the only one who saw the alein ship in the background at 11:10
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Now we are aliens on Mars😂
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i thought you said that nitinol wheel will be used on mars rover 2020
starcastle22 22 Lomitas
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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
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Perseverance rover has already found signs of mOre intelligent life on Mars than a flat earth conference.
mtb416 Pirms 4 dienām
FYI, there’s nothing impressive about punching down.
Chris Thirion
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recon forsales
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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 🤔
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Cat in the box
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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 Pirms 10 dienām
Why searching mars when we could colonised venus's atmosphere ?😅
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MonkeySpecs301 Pirms 10 dienām
didn't china already bring samples back from moon with a fully autonomous process?
THE 53414
THE 53414 Pirms 10 dienām
How 'bout the insane engineering of the fat tanker that blocked suez canal
Artaxerxes Pirms 11 dienām
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
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did anyone see the ufo at 11 minuets
Fseirst Lrest
Fseirst Lrest Pirms 11 dienām
Perseverance's actual landing can be seen here:
Charlie 2007
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epic for sure!
TheChico868 Pirms 12 dienām
Holy shit balls. A ground penetrating Radar. Damn son...
Dan Mon
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at the top left
Dan Mon
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i see you added a baby yoda at 2:24
nel son
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sent to mers?
Chris Olds
Chris Olds Pirms 14 dienām
so awesome, these folks do the coolest things on Planet Earth..and Mars! Love @NASA and @JPL
Jayvee Guinto
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The mission would be more exciting if it's a human mission but it would be sadder if something wrong happens.
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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
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Rosel Hepp
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hoover dam and end ...........
fersup2 Pirms 16 dienām
i cant even think in normal engeniering haha!
Pawan Ramnarain
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En Why
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Lol "space" people aren't even close to reality...
Guest Playz Roblox
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I just realized that this vid was made on the same day and mouth and year when Perseverance landed
Landen Miles
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Your gay if you dont like
Jacob Goldberg
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2:40 apert on the hersh mershin surface
アダンMimiko_Suki Pirms 18 dienām
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
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Now this is what you call *REAL ENGINEERING*
Uchiha Madara
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How did they make all these wow
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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 Pirms 20 dienām
“ insane “ engineering ???. Stop using this stupid americanism . Great engineering - clever engineering - visionary engineering.................👏👏👏
pida siouy
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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
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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
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I don’t think these experiments are insane. They seem very well thought out by a reasoning mind.
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Odie Kivarkis
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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
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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
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Well done💯👍👏 sir. I appreciate😊❤ efforts.
signsofevil Pirms 21 dienas
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
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Anyone else notice how much the capsule looks like ‘The Jupiter 2’ from ‘Lost in Space’.
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That’s the smoothest ad transition I have ever experienced 😂
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seeni gzty
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future of Humanity ❤
Екатери́на Stalin’s mum
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Wait it is called Jezero crater, like serbian word jerezo - lake
seeni gzty
seeni gzty Pirms 22 dienām
oof the dublin accent :( " carrying de nexsht genarashan"
EasyToKnow Pirms 23 dienām
If there is life in any form on Mars, WE are the aliens und the Rover is the manless UFO.
EasyToKnow Pirms 23 dienām
Sry for bad English im german
ManMadeDesaster Pirms 24 dienām
11:09 UFO
ZaimGamePlay Pirms 25 dienām
Preseverance is "Spirit" and "curiosity" big brother :D
bcvbb hyui
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what happens if the rover falls upside down or simply overturns since the surface isnt flat ?
oiuet souiu
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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
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what happens if the rover falls upside down or simply overturns since the surface isnt flat ?
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karttik 17
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@oiuet souiu huh? what's that?
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bcvbb hyui
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Where is your accent from? e.g Mers instead of Mars.
Media SL - Second Life
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fabulous 😜
jordan rader
jordan rader Pirms 26 dienām
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 Pirms 26 dienām
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.
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Is that oirsh oi her
Lem Mel
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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
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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
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Art Porebski
Art Porebski Pirms 27 dienām
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 Pirms 27 dienām
oof the dublin accent :( " carrying de nexsht genarashan"
Dave Fretz
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🚀 way to go!
TheExcessus Pirms 27 dienām
Wait, so the moxie is practically a test for future terraforming?
Vincent Morris
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Where is your accent from? e.g Mers instead of Mars.
Alex Mwau
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what happens if the rover falls upside down or simply overturns since the surface isnt flat ?
First Last
First Last Pirms 28 dienām
This was super informative so thank you so much for digging and finding details of the rover. I really really appreciate it.
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Stephen J. Lubberts
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yep great engineering so what was that part that just fell offf nice job
Marilyn Frydig
Marilyn Frydig Pirms 28 dienām
It's insane to share that tech question copy rights!
R J Pirms 28 dienām
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.
RADU-ANDREI NITU Pirms 25 dienām
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.
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Awesome thanks
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cat videos
cat videos Pirms 29 dienām
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 Pirms 27 dienām
@Dwarfedgiant True that, regarding money wasted on war. But my point is, if we can terraform Mars, we can terraform Earth.
Dwarfedgiant Pirms 27 dienām
@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
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@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 Pirms 27 dienām
@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.
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@Dwarfedgiant What would happen to Earth?
cat videos
cat videos Pirms 29 dienām
Too bad Mars is flat.
T N Pirms 29 dienām
We are alone 1000s of astrophysicst agree no one in the galaxy brian cox agrees hes done the science you should too
Dj rochyam
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So smart
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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
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So good cgi. Excellent Work.
ceerw buty
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Thanks for explaining everything.
Anthony N
Anthony N Pirms Mēneša
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.
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"searching for life" on other planets so that the human can destroy them too.
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19 mins and i didnt understand anything😂😂😂😂
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Meanwhile people be like "sToP sCiEncE"
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