How does a Mars Rover work? (Perseverance)

From Jared Owen.

The Perseverance Rover landed on Mars on Feb 18, 2021. Come see how it works!
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Thanks to Andrew Good and Rick Welch at NASA’s JPL for their help with this video!

Smoke simulation (03:38) by Joel Adams:

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📼Video Summary:
The Mars2020 Perseverance Rover took about 8 years to complete here on Earth. Built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Then it was shipped to Kennedy Space Center in Florida where it was launched. It took 7 months to get to Mars. Parts of the spacecraft include Cruise Stage, Backshell, Descent Stage, Perseverance, and the Heat Shield. Getting to the Surface of Mars is called EDL – Entry, Descent, and Landing. This must happen autonomously. The main purpose of the rover is to search for signs of life. Scientific instruments include SuperCam, MastCam-Z, MEDA, SHERLOC, WATSON, PIXL, MOXIE, and RIMFAX. The rover also brought along a helicopter called Ingenuity. This is the first helicopter to fly on another planet!

00:56-Previous Mars Rovers
01:34-Built on Earth
03:02-Launch Window
06:01-Communication Delay
07:23-Entry,Descent, and Landing (EDL)
09:12-Main Purpose
09:34-Tour of the Rover
13:20-Communicating with Earth
14:44-Ingenuity Helicopter
16:01-Next steps on Mars
16:21-Morning Brew
17:19-More Animations

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🌐Internet Sources: (official website for Perseverance) (Amazing 3d visualization of the rover!) (Amazing 3d walkthrough of EDL)

Built For Mars: The Perseverance Rover (National Geographic Documentary) (Getting Perseverance to the Launch Pad) (Perseverance Rover Launch to Mars) (Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars) (Sample Caching System) (Countdown to Mars: A Story of Perseverance) (7 minutes of terror) (Mars Helicopter) (Return Mars Samples to Earth)

📚Book Sources:
Perseverance and the Mars 2020 Mission by Manfred "Dutch" von Ehrenfried

NASA Missions to Mars: A Visual History of Our Question to Explore the Red Planet by Piers Bizony

🟠This animation was made with Blender 3.1 (Cycles Render)

🎵Music (
Inner Peace by Moments
Edge of the Sea by Cody Martin
Finding Truth by Cody Martin
Rain on the Leaves by In This World
Medal of Valor by Cody Martin

🚁NASA 3D models used in the video:
Mars Rover Perseverance –
Mars Helicopter Ingenuity –
Mars Rover Curiosity –
Mars Rover Spirit and Opportunity –
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter –
Deep Space Network Antenna –

3D models that I purchased for this video:
Mars Rover Sojourner –
Jeep Renegade –
SpaceX Starship –

🎧Here is some of the gear that I use for animation:
Graphics Card: GTX 3090ti
Microphone: Shure MV7
Mouse: Razer Naga X
Chair: Staples Gaming Chair

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