See Perseverance's Mars entry, sky crane and landing in stunning 4K animation
NASA's Perseverance rover is scheduled to land on the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021. Watch its atmospheric entry, powered descent and sky crane in action in this highly detailed animation. Track NASA's 2020 Mars rover Perseverance:
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

  • bodoti qwiu
    bodoti qwiu

    And the Martians are thinking: "I wish those damn Earthlings would leave us the hell alone!"

    • R Man
      R Man

      gosh.. these stupid comments

  • AC Spirit
    AC Spirit

    I applaud them. Probably grew up as children looking up to the stars and dreaming. Life on an alien world in our solar system. Yet many alienate life on our own world in each other. Mankind.The day the military starts policing space, is the day we are doomed. Voyages, 1970's. Greetings from earth. Greetings from the children of earth. We are a peaceful intelligent race that wish nothing more than to communicate. Just don't invade our airspace. We will shoot you down or chase you. Beam me up Scotty. There's no intelligent life down here

  • Watford Legand
    Watford Legand

    Beautiful graphics

  • Steverino

    Fake. (Not the landing...just this high tech cartoon depiction of it.)

    • bodoti qwiu
      bodoti qwiu

      Stunning cartoon.

  • MSЯ

    they said they wud also send a flying drone but looks like it got cancelled

    • snoboardz1972

      It's under the rover's belly. It won't be released for another few weeks.

  • Carter Heavy Industries
    Carter Heavy Industries


    • bowen voowy
      bowen voowy

      Spectacular animation, good job.

  • Alastair Leiper
    Alastair Leiper

    What an incredible mind blowing step in the exploration of our solar system, here’s to many more like this and to when people will walk the planets.

    • mikin lirou
      mikin lirou

      Someone’s been playing GTA

  • Watch This
    Watch This

    @ 1:08 oh cool it's got a dense atmosphere.........

    • mikin lirou
      mikin lirou

      “Resistance is futile” said the Borg. “We’ll persevere with it” replied the Rover 😂

  • Mark Espares
    Mark Espares

    Aliens: someone’s coming!

    • bowen voowy
      bowen voowy

      Stunning cartoon.

  • Cassie

    Why dis they cut off the end bit where the warden strolls over and gives it a parking ticket?

  • thisisyoohoo

    February 18th 2021...the day humans started to destroy the planet Mars.

  • atom bomb
    atom bomb

    the strange irony is most of the scientists are "colored" immigrants, and half of americans hate "colored" immigrants (including native americans)

  • Salvatore Palombizio
    Salvatore Palombizio

    Very cool!

    • Cassie


  • Niknoks

    OMG not another fake landing!

  • Bill Endy
    Bill Endy

    The engineering of the actual landing are truly astonishing. A sky crane landing a vehicle by cables after entry into the atmosphere. So many things that could have gone wrong and only one needed to. Yet is was successful. Just astonishing.

    • Frank Silvers
      Frank Silvers

      Successful twice.

  • zijuiy wttuy
    zijuiy wttuy

    For the flat earters. Yes this is cgi

  • Maxi Eduardo Aparicio M.
    Maxi Eduardo Aparicio M.

    Hermosamente BEAUTIFUL.

  • Shaun Collins
    Shaun Collins

    Heat shield hit a Martian on the head, they are not happy!

  • Idont Thinkso
    Idont Thinkso

    Stunning cartoon.

  • Bill Rice
    Bill Rice

    Spectacular animation, good job.

    • zijuiy wttuy
      zijuiy wttuy

      hydrazine burns transparent, you cant see a flame...

  • Home from home With the Shackleton’s
    Home from home With the Shackleton’s

    “Resistance is futile” said the Borg. “We’ll persevere with it” replied the Rover 😂

  • Miquel Biggs
    Miquel Biggs

    Someone’s been playing GTA

  • S Kumar
    S Kumar

    What a feat of engineering achievement by NASA scientists !

    • Frank Silvers
      Frank Silvers

      Congratulations America! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Ricardo Cobo
    Ricardo Cobo

    This animation is totally Rad. Wow! 40 million miles. Mind boggling 😮

  • Brian McNamara
    Brian McNamara

    Amazing did they film it?


    After all that and the sky crane falls on top of the rover.



  • mark sharp
    mark sharp

    Looks CGI .

  • Dan V
    Dan V

    In general the physics in this animation suck!

  • Dan V
    Dan V

    what's with the sounds in space?

  • U2WB

    A younger version of me never thought I would hear myself say this but : what has this done / what will this do for humankind except satisfy some curiosity ? Couldn’t the VAST amount of money be put to better use than for sending back pictures of a desert ?

    • Steve Langstroth
      Steve Langstroth

      Take the money, feed the poor, so that they can eat, live, fornicate and make more of....the poor. I'm gunna go with the Mars lander, instead.

    • Charming nowhere to hide
      Charming nowhere to hide

      Rover find water, Houston and Texas needs Fresh Water.

  • razony

    And to imagine, all the minds, hearts and souls that came together and MADE THIS HAPPEN on Mars!!! Then I look here down here on this Blue Dot called Earth...This is ONE math problem that's going to take some serious Super Natural focusing to land here on Earth and stabilize our own atmosphere of sorts.

    • Charming nowhere to hide
      Charming nowhere to hide

      That was my mate John videoing this stuff on his iphone

  • turbonut20v

    hydrazine burns transparent, you cant see a flame...

  • rodrigo dezubiria
    rodrigo dezubiria

    It’s almost difficult to believe that that is an animated version of reality.

  • mieczyslaw herba
    mieczyslaw herba

    Is it really so bright on Mars?

  • Joseph D'Arienzo
    Joseph D'Arienzo

    There is no sound in space.

  • SkyChase73

    Wouldn't it be funny if the shell landed on top of the rover?

  • Darryl6636

    Pretty incredible technology

  • Space Cadet
    Space Cadet

    There's no sound heard in space.

    • Subject 8
      Subject 8

      Mars does have an atmosphere:

  • minij hooi
    minij hooi

    In a few years wearing VR helmut will gives us a more realistic experience than actually being there.

    • Watch This
      Watch This

      "the goddamn Germans got nothing to do with it" Buford T. Justice of Texas

  • Dan

    Who the heck took the pictures of the landing. They are the hero’s, way to go gals.

  • gregory price
    gregory price

    People who believe any of this , wear a mask and have given up their freedom ! NASA = NAZI . Don't be fooled by the cartoons .

    • Capt Hook
      Capt Hook

      Yes, I suppose that you would know , just keep taking your pills herbert !

  • John Collette
    John Collette

    Amazing technology, we have the ability to send craft to other planets, apparently if their is other life in the universe,we’re told theirs no way they have the ability to come here.

    • minij hooi
      minij hooi

      Now....where's the Walmart?

  • Malcolm Williams
    Malcolm Williams

    Boy did you get the exhaust wrong !!!!

  • john doe
    john doe

    Reeks of shit.

  • Tin Man
    Tin Man

    That was my mate John videoing this stuff on his iphone

  • The Viking
    The Viking

    Rover find water, Houston and Texas needs Fresh Water.

  • R lowle
    R lowle

    Was this covered by the fake news agency

  • ray stone
    ray stone

    no Martians were injured making this video

  • Jim Roberts
    Jim Roberts

    Too bad you couldn't put the Star Trek theme for a few seconds at the first of this... :)

  • Milieu

    Where does the actual drone that dropped off the Rover go? Does it just get destroyed somewhere else !? What a waste if so??

    • IncognitoTorpedo

      It has one job. You could say that the rocket boosters that got it off of Earth were a waste too, by that metric.

  • steven uk1
    steven uk1

    don't want to see animation !!

  • Nobilangelo Ceramalus
    Nobilangelo Ceramalus

    Hollywood must have spent a bucket-load of money to build a set as big as Mars. It's obviously deep under Coober Pedy in Australia. That's why all those Aussies live underground there. They're the film-crew. Of course, they'll all be killed to stop them talking. Severed. Permanently. That's why the project is called: 'Per-severance.' Simple logic. (I hope they get all the shadows right this time.) 😉

  • Cynical Viking
    Cynical Viking

    Why dis they cut off the end bit where the warden strolls over and gives it a parking ticket?

  • Fraser Bryce
    Fraser Bryce

    Big Up to the Americans, some spectacular engineering and mind-blowing achievements......#Respect

  • SW StormChaser
    SW StormChaser

    It is hard to believe that those reverse rockets, did not burn those wheels off. I love those sounds toward the end, the wind, sounds like when I go solo camping in the desert with nothing for miles.

    • IncognitoTorpedo


  • Abdul Kerim
    Abdul Kerim

    Like always, only animation


    Now....where's the Walmart?

  • Jason Blake
    Jason Blake

    I think I see a Starbucks at 2:33

  • Laxto Buttgroyn
    Laxto Buttgroyn


  • Nova626

    I think our long ago ancestors came from Mars. It is time for us to go back.

    • Spoon Unit
      Spoon Unit

      Yes as in 'Mission to Mars' staring Lieutenant Dan...👽

  • DE Fiverr
    DE Fiverr

    This is better than any shit Jar Jar Hackrams has directed in his scifi attempt at wannabe directing.

  • Edwin Wiancko
    Edwin Wiancko

    And where does the trash wind up?

  • Frank Red
    Frank Red

    now what?

    • hen ko
      hen ko

      I would have thought the chute opening would leave a lot to chance where it landed.. Don’t know how they do it, genius....

  • ChromeDove

    So you're saying the only place this actually happened is in the cartoon you created? Uh huh!

    • hen ko
      hen ko

      Video: 4k Thumbnail: Corrupted

  • Timothy Harris
    Timothy Harris

    _Now all I have to do is find myself a nice, clean gas station._

  • heberildo

    It's extremely unlikely that this has happened. Spacecraft was traveling at 24,000 MPH. Atmosphere is almost nonexistent (maximum density at surface is less than 1% of Earth's), and is only about 100 km. Time in the atmosphere would be miliseconds, maybe a couple of seconds if traveling parallel to surface, which is not realistic due to Mars' curvature. Just not buying that crap. The cartoons are nice, though, good job.

    • heberildo

      @John Miller the reported average speed is ~24000 mph. then it will slow down to 12000 mph. You would need to shoot fire from more than 300 gallons of jet fuel in the direction of travel, which is like spitting upward. And that is just for the mass of the rover. I can't even find the mass of the drone with the thrusters, or the heat shield. It would be easily 3 times the mass, 3 times the energy, ~1000 gallons, not even counting the mass of the rocket. Plus the fuel needed to make adjustments in the direction. And then how is it supposed to get back to earth? do they have another cape canaveral installed in mars? Not a chance. And there is no solid evidence provided, only animations, and pictures of a desert.

    • John Miller
      John Miller

      It was traveling 7,000 MPH - not 24,000 MPH - when it reached Mars.

  • Longface Ted
    Longface Ted

    Mars probably still is like this all we ever see is cgi or air brushed pics to cover wat really is going on

  • Daniel Padova
    Daniel Padova

    What happens to the sky crane after it drops Perseverance ?

    • Minicoot

      @Daniel Padova its gonna be a different mission with a different space craft. idrk a lot about it.

    • Daniel Padova
      Daniel Padova

      @Minicoot I understand that Perseverance is supposed to return samples to earth. How is that task going to be accomplished?

    • Minicoot

      it crashes

  • dhana ty
    dhana ty

    Aladeen - 'it's not pointy...' 😂😂😂👌🏼

  • MARK

    To boldy go 🖖

  • Trey Joiner
    Trey Joiner

    So how do we know that it's all just not animation

    • Flourishing Weee
      Flourishing Weee

      @Trey Joiner lol you got me

    • Trey Joiner
      Trey Joiner

      @Flourishing Weee I was

    • Flourishing Weee
      Flourishing Weee

      You gotta be kidding.........................................

  • Robin Lee Salyers
    Robin Lee Salyers


    • Pete B
      Pete B

      Yeah, like you can do math.

  • Jonathan Stiegler
    Jonathan Stiegler

    We didn't land on the moon either.

    • Pete B
      Pete B

      Buzz Aldrin's fist has something to say about that.

  • andy fine
    andy fine

    I thought we already had rovers on Mars???

  • clearlake

    America is one crazy country. On one hand it can achieve these great scientific feats which are a credit to mankind - yet at the same time it is home to some of the biggest morons on the planet (see January 6th...)

    • clearlake

      Ethan Grant Trouble is, Trump may have gone - but his supporters are still there...

    • Ethan Grant
      Ethan Grant

      And all 4 years preceding

  • Pete Keller
    Pete Keller

    so, did the sky crane just fly off someplace and crash?

    • Longface Ted
      Longface Ted

      Yeah like man litters the ocean they have done same for decades in space

    • Pete B
      Pete B


  • Certified Toxicity
    Certified Toxicity

    Video: 4k Thumbnail: Corrupted

  • thefilmandmusic

    I would have thought the chute opening would leave a lot to chance where it landed.. Don’t know how they do it, genius....

    • Pete B
      Pete B

      @jackpast No GPS but something called Terrain Relative Navigation where photos of the landscape below are quickly taken and compared to maps in the computer memory in order to direct the Descent Vehicle to a safe landing spot. It would be good to have a Mars GPS network, though.

    • jackpast

      Just guessing but the rockets that fired after the chute was released probably had some maneuvering abilities. Wouldn’t be surprised if GPS satellites were orbiting Mars for years and guided Perseverance where they wanted it. I’m just in awe of what can be done autonomously.

  • andtastic1

    JPT. crappy graphics

  • CattleCluj

    So this is what they're giving us, fake CGI? Where's the original footage with sound? They said that this time, the probe was able to capture the actual landing on video and with sound, since Perseverance is the first probe equipped with a microphone. Where's that footage? They had to pay and entire team of 3D artist for this fake CGI video. Imagine if they would have invested that money into something more useful and practical, and given us the original footage. Come on NASA, you can do better than this.

    • CattleCluj

      Here's the footage I was looking for. Was this so much to ask for them to release it sooner, or just show it to us as it happens?

    • CattleCluj

      @Pete B Why are my expectations fake? I expected NASA to give us the original footage, not some artist rendition of the event.

    • Pete B
      Pete B

      No its real CGI, your expectations are are fake.

  • varghes smith
    varghes smith

    Very Kool !

  • Jonny S
    Jonny S

    It’s as real looking as the moon landing 😂

  • Michael Sherwin
    Michael Sherwin

    The silence after the landing.......

  • Alexander Yap
    Alexander Yap

    Why use rockets to land the rover instead of just another parachute? Is it just to be able to navigate to the exact location? The whole rocket platform lowering rover, untether then fly off seem rather complicated.

    • Andy Evenson
      Andy Evenson

      @Alexander Yap They got lucky this time. Heard they are 5 for 5 on Mars landings thus far. Wonder if that Tesla car is getting close to Mars yet?...

    • Alexander Yap
      Alexander Yap

      @Andy Evenson I know it's preprogrammed. But why use a complicated sequence of steps instead of just another parachute? If any one of those rockets misfire, the mission fails.

    • Andy Evenson
      Andy Evenson

      You see, it is all programmed into the computer, remember when they said the spacecraft was on it's own, it did it all by itself

  • Oscar

    What happens to the sky crane?

    • Longface Ted
      Longface Ted

      It litters space like man litter the ocean it's what we do

  • Emily An
    Emily An

    Perseverance is up there playing with its drone while waiting for commands.

    • J. Mihálik
      J. Mihálik

      I'd like to know where the sky crane flew off to.

  • Phillip S
    Phillip S

    Now playing "Life On Mars" by David Bowie

  • Sammy Spaniel
    Sammy Spaniel

    Technically this means that we have sent an alien probe to another planet. We are officially aliens now. We need to coordinate with silver jump suits before we become the laughing stock of all the other aliens.

  • Valarmorgolis

    Looks like the sequel to Tim burtons Mars Attack. "The Earth Strikes back"

    • Emily An
      Emily An

      Brilliant shots. Who sent the camera which recorded them . In colour. With sound ? Stunning photography.. thank you so much.

  • Carrisa & Steve Innes
    Carrisa & Steve Innes

    Not bad at all.

  • Anthony

    Just imagine an alien is captured on camera riding the rover on Mars as a Quad Bike

  • Rafic

    Wow. Gives me goosebumps. USA is amazing.

  • Montana Mike
    Montana Mike

    Those complaining about the sounds should know NASA actually has two microphones installed to hear it land in the atmosphere.

  • DB Shipman
    DB Shipman

    Another brilliant video from NASA at the mere cost of millions.....😂😂😂😂

  • chris donaldson
    chris donaldson


  • Bill Link
    Bill Link

    Now Mars weighs a little more than it did and the Earth weighs a little less. Did anyone take that into account?

  • Bill Lewis
    Bill Lewis

    Stunning, for sure. I felt like I was riding along.

  • John Scott
    John Scott

    Instead of going to Mars should I put the money towards that people are struggling here in the US what’s a pandemic there’s nothing on Mars will never be there just a waste of money

  • John Scott
    John Scott

    Instead of instead of going to Mars I wish you gave us a stimulus checks first $2.4 billion capsule you could’ve fed all ofHomeless people in California every year