A Story of Perseverance (Mars 2020 Rover Behind the Scenes Video)

A Story of Perseverance (Mars 2020 Rover Behind the Scenes Video)

“When you look at the team that put this robot together, and the team that put this launch vehicle together, that’s what they’ve done. They’ve persevered.” Go behind the scenes of our Perseverance Mars rover’s July 30, 2020 launch with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. On February 18, 2021, the rover will land in Jezero Crater, Mars, the place it can seek for indicators of historical life.

Video transcript:

Well right here we’re on the Kennedy Space Center, actually 4 days away from launching Perseverance to Mars.

But we’re additionally gonna have Ingenuity with it. We’re gonna fly a helicopter on one other world for the primary time in human historical past.

So many thrilling issues occurring.

And we would like you to return with us on this expertise, not only for the launch, however for the complete mission, as a result of there may be a lot discovery forward of us.

So you possibly can see the launchpad over there that appears like an upside-down L. That’s the launchpad that we use for our Atlas V launches. And it’s a — it’s the identical launchpad that we use for Starliner. And in fact, now we’re gonna launch Mars Perseverance from the identical launchpad.

The factor that I’m most enthusiastic about is that that is the primary mission we’ve ever carried out that’s designated for astrobiology.


The concept that we’re, no kidding, designating a rover to search for indicators of previous life on Mars.

And as you mentioned, it’s our first astrobiology mission. We actually wanna go after and establish if there have been truly these early fossils of microbes.

We wanna search for these — the place we wanna drill, the more than likely locations to get these samples, so we are able to convey ’em again to Earth as a result of we’ve obtained one of the best devices on Earth, the place we are able to do unimaginable analyses on these rocks after we get them again right here.

So it’s actually our first return journey journey to a different planet.

It’ll be the primary time we’ve ever carried out a whole spherical journey to a different planet. It’ll be the primary time that we launch a rocket from the floor of one other planet.

And all of these issues conspire to say that perhaps at one time, Mars may have hosted life. And now we’re truly gonna go and attempt to make these discoveries.

You’re the pinnacle planetary scientist at NASA. What is it that has you probably the most enthusiastic about this mission?

I’m so excited to start out exploring that river delta in Jezero.

I can not wait to get there, and drive as much as that delta, and taking our first have a look at it, and seeing what’s in there, what’s in these rocks. I believe that’s gonna be phenomenal.

So there’s so many issues which are thrilling about this mission, however, you understand, there’s a helicopter concerned on this mission, which is the primary time we’ve ever tried to fly a helicopter on one other world. But what does the helicopter give us?

I believe the helicopter is simply wonderful expertise, wonderful ingenuity, which is its identify. A really acceptable identify for the helicopter. It’s actually unimaginable.

And you, as a pilot, I do know perceive simply how onerous it’s to realize flight on Mars. And what’s actually cool about that’s it’s gonna give us perception into the way forward for what we may do.

So I believe the powered flight is gonna be one thing that modifications the best way we take into consideration doing exploration on Mars.

We have all witnessed COVID. And… we watched the world cease.

Jim and I each simply so amazed at your workforce, our workforce. And to proceed throughout COVID.

And they’ve labored and been so extremely devoted, actually carried out a tremendous job, and it’s inspirational.

It is inspirational. It’s aspirational.


And as a workforce, we got here collectively. And right here we’re in the midst of a pandemic, the worst in 100 years, and we’re nonetheless going, “We’re gonna do it!”

[chuckles] That’s so thrilling to me. This has been nice. I’ve realized a lot.

Good. – And I recognize each Jim and Lori. Thank you.

Well, superior. Lori, thanks for all of your time at present.

Thanks, Jim.

Hi! – Hi, how are you?

Good. How are you?

[indistinct] – Same right here! Elbow bump? Yeah! [laughs] – There you go.

What I really like about NASA is that it — — it’s a kind of issues that unites individuals. It brings individuals collectively. When you have a look at the workforce that put this robotic collectively and the workforce that put this launch automobile collectively, that’s what they’ve carried out.

They’ve persevered. – So, yeah. This is the place the magic occurs.

Fantastic. – Yeah.

So inform me what you’re engaged on right here.

So we’ve taken over 15,000 samples of the spacecraft over time.


Each pattern is taken. It’s sonicated. It’s warmth shocked in a water bathtub at 80 levels Celsius. And we seek for particular endospores, bacterial endospores, as a result of these are the issues which have the very best potential of surviving the journey from right here to Mars.


And the explanation why we do that’s as a result of we don’t wanna contaminate Mars…

Right. – With our Earth micro organism.

So lots of people hear “planetary protection.”


But your phrase there, “contamination.” That’s actually what we’re making an attempt to forestall. Planetary safety is all about maintaining the science as pure as potential… – Mm-hmm. – So that after we do make discoveries, we all know that they’re, in actual fact, discoveries.

Exactly. Wow. You can simply take over this job.

[both laughing]

I’ll go away the science to you.

So these are literally samples from the Windbreaker that goes over the MMRTG on the again of the rover. So that was only a few days in the past.

Right, proper. – Yeah.

MMRTG, that’s in essence, the gas for the rover.

Exactly. So we have been in there by the radiation supply, taking these samples, and it got here out actually, actually clear.

Awesome. – We even have — we’re far, far beneath the necessities for the complete automobile.

Awesome. Good, good, good.

So yeah. This is our next-to-last set of samples. We have our ultimate set within the incubator. It’s from the payload launch fairing doorways.

Okay. – And that’s it. The doorways are on and it’s able to launch.

Awesome. – It’s fairly thrilling.

These are all crucial issues that you simply’re engaged on.

I even have a 3D printed mannequin…

Oh, fantastic. – Of the tube meeting when you wanna see. – Let’s go have a look at it. – It’s what the robotic arm on the within of the rover makes use of to govern the tubes. And the tube itself.

The pattern that we gather on Mars…

Uh-huh. – Goes in the place?

Goes in right here. – In this facet right here. So we’ve got the pattern in right here. – Mm-hmm.

And it may very well be a rock. It may very well be some type of soil. – Yes.

It may very well be no matter it’s. And then you definitely go away this… – Yeah.

On the floor of Mars… – Yeah.

For our 2026 mission… – Exactly.

Which is gonna go choose this up…

Yes. – And convey it again to Earth.


And simply be sure we don’t convey any microbes again which are gonna damage us, all proper?

Got it. – All proper.

You obtained my phrase. [laughs]

Thank you a lot. – Oh, thanks!

All proper. – Thank you.

30 seconds. – Hey, how are you?

So we simply had the launch readiness overview, and we’re, in actual fact, go for launch. So it’s a really thrilling time, and the press convention ought to be a number of enjoyable. But we’re in actual fact gonna launch what we now name Mars Perseverance within the yr 2020.

And we’re in extraordinary instances proper now with the coronavirus pandemic. And but, we’ve got in actual fact persevered.

The most essential factor that occurs in these missions are the issues we didn’t plan.

Really for the primary time, we’re on the lookout for indicators of life on one other planet.

And we are actually chomping on the bit to take this nuclear-powered dune buggy out to Mars.

Suppose we get to the Mars pattern return and in reality we discover irrefutable proof of life present on Mars. How will that change the Earth?

It’ll rework how we take into consideration exploration. What comes subsequent? What else can we uncover?

And all of the likelihoods that relate to life all went up. – Right.

There was no water there. There’s water in every single place, proper?

So the extra discoveries we make, the extra we perceive how a lot we don’t know.


And how far more work there may be to be carried out.

And the thrilling half, in fact, is to get people there too. – Absolutely.

I imply, that might be an enormous accelerator of analysis. Right? I imply —

But if we wanna do much more science, we have to have human exploration associate with us.

The exploration may very well be your physique, may very well be human. But it’s exploration, proper? – Right.

And we have to discover the precise methods. Thanks to you and for all the things you’ve carried out. Especially throughout this COVID time. And we mentioned it collectively. “Yes, we will make this 2020 launch.” We will put all the things we are able to behind this workforce. And we did, you understand?

Well, thanks for all of your management, and we’ll look ahead to a great launch.

Well, due to you.


Welcome to the RPSF.

We’re gonna undergo — go in these facet doorways.

When humanity is multiplanetary, that’s type of, I believe, the imaginative and prescient that every one of us who’re desirous about exploring area, that’s what we wish to see. What we do proper now at present is both going to allow or forestall that future.

We’re very proud to be part of this.


These are all three applications coming collectively, all working each single day collectively.

As we put this rocket collectively, these are the strong rocket boosters which are gonna be hooked up to the Space Launch System, SLS, with the Orion capsule on prime.

The strong rocket gas is in there proper now?

Yes, sir.

We’re gonna take that first girl and subsequent man to the Moon.

How you doing, sir? – Hey! Good. How are you?

Pretty good. How about your self, man?

I’m doing glorious.

That is one phase proper there. There’s 5 segments. – Right.

And we’ll stack these rocket segments that you simply see right here, these strong segments, on the cell launcher.

Now — which is wonderful. – It is!

You know, what’s so cool is, we’re right here as a result of we’re gonna launch Perseverance going to Mars.

Precursor for sending people. – Exactly.

We’re constructing a sustainable structure. The rover — Perseverance rover — Mars 2020 rover Perseverance, that’s actually onerous. That is a big problem to get that onto the floor of Mars and have all the things work, however that’s nothing in comparison with placing people down, ’trigger people — you gotta give ’em air to breathe.

You gotta scrub the CO2. You gotta present a pressurized setting. You gotta care for all their waste. You gotta give ’em meals to eat.

People ask us, you understand, why are you doing this? Why is that this so essential?

It’s about studying, about exploring, about going past what we at the moment know to make us even higher. And I really imagine we as a species have to have the ability to dwell off our house planet. Huge problem, however we’ve obtained an superior workforce.

Thank you, Bob. – Thank you, sir.

All proper.

So at present we’re gonna watch this massive rocket behind us, the Atlas V with the Mars Perseverance on prime contained in the fairing, roll out to the launchpad.

I’ve launched virtually 400 rockets over my profession, however I nonetheless get butterflies. Everything has to go proper. Nothing can go fallacious.

This specific rocket — it’s an Atlas V, in fact, however there’s completely different variations of the Atlas V. This one is without doubt one of the extra highly effective variations.

So it has 4 huge strong rocket motors augmenting the already 860,000 kilos of thrust from the middle core. And we name this one The Dominator.


So, you understand, the payload is massive. But it’s not that massive. Why do we’d like that a lot energy?

We have to flee not simply the gravity properly of the Earth, however solely escape its gravitational affect.

So proper now, we’re witnessing this highly effective Atlas V rocket come out of the Vertical Integration Facility, the VIF.

It is transferring. This rocket is 20 tales excessive absolutely assembled. So the VIF permits it to assemble the rocket, combine the spacecraft all in a protected, enclosed setting, and when it’s all prepared, which it’s now, we open the doorways, and it’s rolling at us.

In truth, we higher watch out. It’s a blistering three half of miles per hour, so we don’t wanna get stunned.


But in about 45 minutes,

it can traverse this a number of hundred yards out to the launchpad after which be able to go to Mars in nearly 48 hours.

It’s so much larger when it comes out of the VIF, huh?

Yeah, it’s.

Here you go, Tory. – All proper.

And I’ll inform you. The rocket seems to be massive when it’s within the Vertical Integration Facility, however when it’s standing alone exterior the constructing, that factor is very large whenever you’re proper there subsequent to it.

Man, it’s fairly… it’s fairly inspiring. It’s loud as properly.

Yeah, so we’re heading over to do a short for members of Congress, bipartisan temporary. You know, in every certainly one of these, we’re speaking about billions of {dollars} of investments. We’re developing on just a few moments in time which are actually seconds lengthy, however every a kind of moments carries with it a great little bit of danger.

Yeah, individuals discuss how thrilling it’s to look at a rocket launch.

Well… [chuckles]

You know, whenever you’re accountable for an company that simply spent $2 half of billion of taxpayer cash on a robotic, and a helicopter, and scientific experiments, and expertise demonstrators which are going to Mars, it’s… it makes it much more thrilling simply from a — a, you understand, private pleasure, you understand?

I wanna be sure that the missions that we do are — we’re doing all the things we are able to to make them protected and, in fact, profitable. We’ve invested so much into this mission. The science is gonna be completely outstanding that we get from it.

And that we’re very grateful for all of the help we’ve had from bipartisan members of Congress. And I look ahead to the outcomes of this.

We’re not struggling to outlive. What we’re struggling to do is try. Perseverance is the way you obtain. It’s how you progress ahead. It’s the way you make your life and the lives of others higher.

Hello, Mr. Bridenstine.

Alex, Vaneeza, how are you? – Good.

Good. How are you? – Good.

Well I simply wanna inform each of you that we’re so grateful that you’re this enthusiastic about what NASA is doing that you simply determined to place ahead names for our rover and our helicopter.

There might be science books and historical past books written about Perseverance and Ingenuity. And for the remainder of your lives, you’ll know that these are the names that you simply two gave.

So my purpose was to reply the query of how, like how is it potential to do one thing as unimaginable as do science on one other planet? And I assumed ingenuity was a top quality that represented that intelligence and creativity greatest.

I used to be simply fascinated by what makes area potential and what makes area human. And not simply area, however all elements of human life. What simply sums up our species?

And after I considered perseverance, it simply — it match.

Well what was wonderful is, you got here up with the identify Perseverance even earlier than the pandemic. It’s a outstanding identify in itself, and much more acceptable now that we’re in these very tough instances.

And the truth that we’re on the lookout for indicators of life, I believe that’s actually thrilling. And {that a} new expertise that’s like, by no means been tried earlier than is gonna be examined, I believe it’s going to be actually spectacular if flight may be pulled off on one other world.

Now, do you assume we’ll discover life?

Maybe. I’m going with sturdy perhaps.

You’re going with sturdy perhaps? Cautiously optimistic? – Yeah.

Personally, I’m actually into the entire pattern return system. It seems to be like a bunch of satellites enjoying catch in area.


And that’ll be enjoyable to see occur.


And in fact, after pattern return, what’s the subsequent factor we have to do?

Get us some people on Mars.


Being capable of see individuals on one other planet can be unimaginable.

So how thrilling is it so that you can be right here, to expertise this launch, and what are you anticipating?

I’m anticipating one thing massive, one thing loud, one thing vibrant, however most of all, one thing that’s stunning.

It is incredible to be right here on the Kennedy Space Center. We are lower than 24 hours away from a launch to Mars.

Our workforce has carried out a tremendous job. Here we’re. We’re launching to Mars in the midst of a pandemic.

So that is the primary time in historical past the place we’re gonna go to Mars with an specific mission to search out life on one other world.

I can consider perhaps no extra profound query than the query of whether or not there’s life on one other planet. And, you understand, this, when it touches down, goes to be one of the best scientist we’ve ever despatched to the planet to reply precisely these questions.

The massive display screen behind me — that’s the countdown clock.

Everything is nice. The spacecraft is a go. The rocket is a go. The climate is a go. And because the NASA administrator, I’m thrilled that we’re capable of come so far the place we’re able to launch it.

If we’re not letting individuals know why we’re doing what we’re doing, we’ll miss out on the chance to proceed to stun the world with these wonderful achievements.

I imply, that is the stuff of science fiction books. People have been speculating what Mars was like now because the starting of time. But when you have a look at the Mars missions that we’ve carried out previously, one builds upon the opposite.

This would be the ninth robotic that we land on Mars. We do know that Mars, at one level in its historical past, was liveable. It seemed so much like Earth about three billion years in the past.

So these are questions that I believe are elementary that we have to have answered. We’re gonna cache these samples, and we’re finally gonna do a Mars pattern return mission. We’re gonna convey these samples again to Earth. But there’s a lot extra happening right here.

We’re simply getting began.

The stage adaptor is on that barge. That’s gonna be the rocket that takes our astronauts to the Moon. We’re placing collectively probably the most formidable Moon mission within the historical past of the world. This era is the Artemis era.

We as a species are explorers.

So the reply is sure, we are able to do it. We’re gonna show on this mission that we are able to take the carbon dioxide of Mars and switch it into pure oxygen for all times help. And the capabilities that we’re constructing on the Moon, we’re constructing with an intent to ship people to Mars. So as a lot as potential, we’re constructing capabilities which are replicable at Mars.

To convey hope and inspiration to the nation and to the world. And we’re gonna proceed to do this, as a result of that’s what NASA’s right here for.

And that is the factor that has me probably the most excited. Is the concept that we’re gonna fly a helicopter on Mars.

Tomorrow, God keen, we’re gonna launch this rocket.

This is gonna be an inspirational second, so keep tuned, and we are going to see you all tomorrow morning for the launch.

Thank you a lot.

Thank you.

All proper. Thank you, you guys.

Thanks, everyone.

all: Thank you!

In lower than an hour, NASA’s 300 million-mile journey from America’s shore to Jezero Crater on Mars will start with the launch of this Atlas V rocket.

You’re speaking about taking a $2 half of billion payload that represents not simply the treasure of the American taxpayer, but in addition 1000’s of people who have labored a giant chunk of their lives.

This has been seven years within the making, and I’m so excited to share this second with you and with these which are viewing at present.

Every time we launch into area, it’s nerve-wracking. There’s nothing at that time you’re gonna do to cease it. That rocket goes, it’s going.

Go, Atlas. Go, Centaur. Go, Mars 2020.

Here it comes.

Ten, 9, eight, seven, six, 5, 4, engine ignition, two, one, zero.

[rocket roaring]

And liftoff.

As the Countdown to Mars continues, the Perseverance of humanity launching the subsequent era of robotic explorers to the Red Planet.

Oh, man.

Here comes the noise.

[indistinct radio chatter]

Can you’re feeling it inside?

[indistinct radio chatter]

The strong rocket motors are gonna fall off.

And we’ve got good indication of SRB jettison of all 4 SRBs.


And the automobile has gone to closed-loop steering.

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

Did you’re feeling it?

Congratulations. – Thank you.

Congratulations to this point.

Good work.

So to start with, it was a tremendous launch. Very profitable. [chuckles]

Can you be above nominal?

Right, so you understand, that is the precise telemetry going into the mannequin.

This launch of Perseverance at present was only the start. There is a lot extra. Congratulations and good work to everyone that made it occur.

The launch is over. But this mission is gonna go on for years and years and years. When we land, it’s gonna be magnificent.

This mission has extra cameras on it than any mission we’ve ever despatched earlier than it.

Those movies are gonna be completely beautiful.

It’s an area mission now, proper? And it’s on the best way to Mars.

Stay tuned. February 18th. Watch this spacecraft enter, descend, and land on the floor of Mars.

And then in the end, you understand, we’re gonna do the science to make the discoveries as as to whether or not there might need been life on Mars in its historical previous.

Congratulations. Go Perseverance.

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