The Launch of Perseverance to Mars

This was a pretty extraordinary experience - thanks to NASA for inviting me! The Atlas V 541 rocket took off carrying the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity the Mars helicopter at 7:50 am July 30, 2020. They should arrive in about seven months on February 18, 2021
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  • Rifa Elektronika
    Rifa Elektronika7 ditë më parë

    Incredible sound

  • David Cardenas
    David Cardenas7 ditë më parë

    I took my whole family out to the beach that morning!! We live about 125 miles straight south, the morning was so clear & blue we saw it easily. Very epic

  • Y M
    Y M11 ditë më parë

    it reminds me Gattaca 😌

  • Crescenn
    Crescenn20 ditë më parë

    For a moment I thought he was David Thewlis, then he moved his head to the side and the look a like siezed to exist.

  • lo-fi ROBOT Boy
    lo-fi ROBOT Boy23 ditë më parë

    Emotional? Yes. Filled with sadness over the immense waste of resources and the extremely high environmental impact that every rocket launch represents. Mars doesn't need our litter, the atmosphere on Earth doesn't need the tons of additional carbon released by that single rocket and millions of people could use the government money that goes into the space program to pay for health services and housing. For me, he "Neato" factor surrounding rockets has faded as I consider the human and ecological costs involved.

  • A B

    A B

    20 ditë më parë

    @lo-fi ROBOT Boy it’s a cost, although it’s on the order of 1,000-10,000 times less pollution than the airline industry. For that small cost, we get a big benefit, not only in earth observation and new materials and products developed through space flight, but also we learn more about extraterrestrial environments and challenges we and robotic explorers face in them.

  • lo-fi ROBOT Boy

    lo-fi ROBOT Boy

    20 ditë më parë

    @A B a small waste is still a waste. the tonnes of fuel and other resources expended by Nasa, Space-X and others is a significant source of emissions.

  • A B

    A B

    20 ditë më parë

    It’s truly insignificant compared to all other emissions. And with NASA using 0.48% of the US budget for all its earth observation and space exploration, it’s a good deal. You’re not going to solve all the worlds problems with 0.48% of the budget.

  • Emma Beyer
    Emma Beyer26 ditë më parë

    I will never forget the sound from my first rocket launch...

  • Prasobh Narayanan
    Prasobh Narayanan26 ditë më parë

    Can someone get my man a pair of sunglasses pls

  • Duncan Aitken
    Duncan Aitken27 ditë më parë

    1:53 : Pure joy and amazement.

  • Tory Bruno
    Tory Bruno27 ditë më parë

    Derek, I have only recently discovered your channel. Love it! Sorry I missed you at the launch. Even after 20 missions to Mars for ULA, it never gets old for our team. If you'd like to do this again and be a little closer to the pad, just let me know. I know a guy. ;) -Tory

  • Tom Vaughan

    Tom Vaughan

    21 ditë më parë

    Hi tory

  • Tamal Mahato

    Tamal Mahato

    23 ditë më parë

    Hey tory bruh you bald genius

  • Mmb 300

    Mmb 300

    25 ditë më parë

    Eeeeey Tory coming out with boss moves

  • kldonnn


    26 ditë më parë

    Well that's freekin lucky message for us :D Waiting to see a video of you both ❤❤

  • Yoosuf Muneer

    Yoosuf Muneer

    26 ditë më parë


  • Naiemaa
    NaiemaaMuaj më parë

    In a past life I was into some spiritual things, and hearing you now describing the lunch almost sounded like a religious experience, it would have taken people in the past great effort to reach this out of body experience and to approximately get to a similar realisation about our humble position in the universe (Even without knowing what we know now about it)... Other than that parallel what fascinates me is how technology is facilitating a similar experience almost on demand and for no effort relatively speaking, as if it has short circuited the experience!

  • gorilla·ganja
    gorilla·ganjaMuaj më parë

    I'll never forget the way it felt to feel the ground shake when I watched my first launch and living in Melbourne I was close to the cape and it never got old to me I still love it

  • trifleful
    triflefulMuaj më parë

    Hi Derek, does NASA really embeds names on a microchip and sends with on rovers or orbiters to Mars? From there campaign send your name to Mars?

  • A B

    A B

    20 ditë më parë

    Yes, it’s a chip (3 actually), on the rover.

  • zues121510
    zues121510Muaj më parë

    Why isn't this video being recommended to absolutely everyone? Barely any new comments. Anyways, it was cool watching this video when it came out and then seeing the video of the same rover landing on Mars. Make me wish I could've seen the launch myself, and also makes me wish I could live to the age where just maybe, I can see this rover on the Martian surface for myself.

  • Aman Kumar
    Aman KumarMuaj më parë

    And it lands ✨

  • OpenVisionz
    OpenVisionzMuaj më parë

    Stupid mask

  • Jips
    JipsMuaj më parë

    Welp, perseverance just landed on mars.. What a great moment to be alived

  • Arin Roday
    Arin Roday2 muaj më parë

    Anybody here after the landing ?

  • Jacob Sime
    Jacob Sime2 muaj më parë

    It has landed :)

  • Mr O
    Mr O2 muaj më parë

    It landed Thursday 18/02/2021 just before 1pm WIIII

  • Ephraim Atta-Duncan
    Ephraim Atta-Duncan2 muaj më parë

    It landed successful 🙌😊

  • Rodrigo Freitas
    Rodrigo Freitas2 muaj më parë

    Waiting people to comment here again after the landing :)

  • lemz potutan
    lemz potutan2 muaj më parë


  • dayum boei
    dayum boei2 muaj më parë

    Came from the future to say that it landed strong and healthy.

  • Slight Kek

    Slight Kek

    2 muaj më parë

    Fr came back for this vid to see if anyone commented lmao

  • Ward Houben
    Ward Houben2 muaj më parë

    I got some news for you :)

  • Akshat Srivastava
    Akshat Srivastava2 muaj më parë

    Touchdown Confirmed. We are SAFE ON MARS !!!

  • Menthe Simon
    Menthe Simon2 muaj më parë

    Here we are, today. The amazing Mars Rover about to land on the red planet

  • ironMan
    ironMan2 muaj më parë

    Just realized I'm watching this on Feb 19, 2021... the rover should be in Mars by now!!!

  • EliminatorGaming


    2 muaj më parë

    well now it is

  • Menthe Simon

    Menthe Simon

    2 muaj më parë

    It will be there in TWO HOURS OMG



    2 muaj më parë

    its feb 18 dude and its not on mars yet

  • Matthew Grayson
    Matthew Grayson2 muaj më parë

    Who else has this video in their recommended on the day of the landing

  • Luke Williamson
    Luke Williamson2 muaj më parë

    only about 24 hours until the day it arrives!

  • Adveroy


    2 muaj më parë

    5 hours left

  • Paul Ferris
    Paul Ferris2 muaj më parë

    The more you understand it the more fascinating it is.

  • Tomi Connelly
    Tomi Connelly2 muaj më parë

    What did the Cabal do to you as a child? Were you born in the Monarch Program? Talk about it.

  • Max Xyan
    Max Xyan2 muaj më parë

    why is the sun so big ?

  • Max Xyan

    Max Xyan

    2 muaj më parë

    @Menthe Simon thanks brother

  • Menthe Simon

    Menthe Simon

    2 muaj më parë

    Only looks like that. Light on screen looks very different from reality

  • Jose Luis caballero cortes
    Jose Luis caballero cortes2 muaj më parë

    Why they don’t send the rocket through the ozone hole , may be less energy will be required to push out of the atmosphere 😅

  • Glitched Blox
    Glitched Blox2 muaj më parë


  • Alan Cruiser
    Alan Cruiser2 muaj më parë

    Dude, you're wearing a mask!

  • Not Bendy Snowball's Alt
    Not Bendy Snowball's Alt2 muaj më parë

    Seeing this video is crazy in perspective. I watched this live with my dad in the morning. Hundreds of thousands of others shared that experience, along with people on the ground such as Veritassium.

  • Not Bendy Snowball's Alt
    Not Bendy Snowball's Alt2 muaj më parë

    Everyone who reads this: Look up at the sky tonight. Look at the Moon. Do you see the terminator line of light and dark? Adjust yourself to that perspective. Do you see how its somewhere between being perpendicular (equator) or is slanted? Thats the curve of the Earth for you. You are sitting on the curve of a massive body of mass. A huge celestial body. Sitting on it, looking up at an object orbiting past you at thousands of miles/meters per second. Hurtling past. Watch the Moon, arch across the sky past you. It puts things into perspective. You, a tiny small specimen, are watching the Moon pass over, over 300,000 kilometers away. Seeing it from your position on a massive ellipsoid, orbiting around a massive star, accounting for over 98% the mass of the solar system. That is why we need to go to space. We were always meant to explore.

  • Not Bendy Snowball's Alt

    Not Bendy Snowball's Alt

    2 muaj më parë

    @Cosmos Quasar :))

  • Cosmos Quasar

    Cosmos Quasar

    2 muaj më parë

    @Not Bendy Snowball's Alt :')

  • Not Bendy Snowball's Alt

    Not Bendy Snowball's Alt

    2 muaj më parë

    @Cosmos Quasar Nothing to be ashamed of :) I've shed my fair share of tears when it comes to space.

  • Cosmos Quasar

    Cosmos Quasar

    2 muaj më parë

    Why must you make me cry in the morning this way

  • The Tekneique and other random content
    The Tekneique and other random content2 muaj më parë

    16 more days until it gets there.

  • EliminatorGaming


    2 muaj më parë

    well its already there now

  • Make Money Now
    Make Money Now2 muaj më parë

    Glad I found this channel! Your videos are so good!

    XSDFV ASDVF2 muaj më parë

    The lamentable range unexpectedly coil because character ontogenetically unite astride a swanky brandy. panoramic, scared criminal

  • Amish Patel
    Amish Patel2 muaj më parë

    Just imagine Elon musk and Vertasium. MIND BLOWNNNN

  • vadim videos
    vadim videos3 muaj më parë

    hey dude why are you wearing a muzzle? Do you really believe. it will protect you from the virus? And this is a man who is telling us about the science, my Gosh!

  • Eclipsos81
    Eclipsos813 muaj më parë

    I've been at a launch and boy does the sound get me everytime

  • Garland Remington III
    Garland Remington III4 muaj më parë

    You bet we subscribed to this “extremely informative” channel!!

  • That Should Work
    That Should Work4 muaj më parë

    when the wright brothers first took flight it was a big deal, but now, planes do so every day. I wonder how long until these become commonplace as well.

  • Jonathan2844
    Jonathan28444 muaj më parë

    were 3 months away

  • Kedar Kulkarni
    Kedar Kulkarni4 muaj më parë

    100 years from now.. probably less..some kid sitting in spacecraft watching this old video and wondering about how amused this man at 1:53 is just to see something take off

  • Dynomynamic 7
    Dynomynamic 74 muaj më parë

    He was right it's a miracle, the sky is clear for the first time

  • golfnovember
    golfnovember4 muaj më parë

    I remember seeing my first rocket launch several hundred miles south in West Palm Beach. A few hundred people gathered at the top of the parking structure at Palm Beach International Airport. From that far away, and perpendicular to the flight path of the rocket, you can really get a sense of the speed it is reaching to get to orbit. Years later, another Mars orbiter was launched from Vandenberg AFB here in California. My wife and I got up early in the morning to see it. We found a secluded area (where other people were also waiting to see it), and we saw it leaving earth. Seeing it down range had a similar effect in perceiving the speed it had to reach. Our eyes were the last to see it in person before it left earth’s gravity to reach Mars...rockets never get old!!!

  • PyroCook
    PyroCook5 muaj më parë

    The moment I realized I was on a rock going threw space was when I took 3gs of shrooms for the first time 🤣

  • sasi balaji
    sasi balaji5 muaj më parë

    @Veritasium From 1:39 we can hear a sound. Is it from the rocket motors or the air resistance?

  • Michael Meredith
    Michael Meredith5 muaj më parë

    Nice mask out in the middle of a field douche bag

  • JayJay Aviation

    JayJay Aviation

    5 muaj më parë

    Is there a problem with that?

  • M Mottaqia
    M Mottaqia5 muaj më parë


  • Space Facts Wax
    Space Facts Wax5 muaj më parë

    Thanks for uploading. I got the chance to witness a rocket launch in 2018. Amazing experience. I shared a pretty fun montage of the journey to my channel.

    JAYEETA DATTA5 muaj më parë

    MY name is in that thing

  • Critney
    Critney5 muaj më parë

    Goosebumbs .. thx for sharing!

  • Master Tech Hindi
    Master Tech Hindi6 muaj më parë

    1:43 someone farted while keeping mic in his ass

  • Lisa Marie Bright
    Lisa Marie Bright6 muaj më parë

    Did you say “It really hit the dome” or it really hit home? The sharp right turn “doing its turn to the east” is baffling! There’s no way you are so intelligent and you believe this makes sense.

  • JayJay Aviation

    JayJay Aviation

    5 muaj më parë

    Google what a fricking orbit is. Monkey see monkey say monkey truth is how I put this

  • Lisa Marie Bright

    Lisa Marie Bright

    5 muaj më parë

    @hauntified Nasa spun a yarn long enough for me to knit a blanket to cover the world in darkness! After that, I'll get the yarn they spun with "we can't go back to the moon because we lost the technology to do that" and I'll knit a flag that reads, "YOU ARE AN IDIOT!" I'll fly my rocket ship to the moon and plant it right next to the American flag to wave in the breeze. Everytime you look at the moon you can remember what an idiot you are, okay? When I get back from the moon, you can catch me outside, How bout that?

  • hauntified


    5 muaj më parë

    Go back to knitting stuff grandma.This stuff is too advanced for your brain

  • FromNorway


    6 muaj më parë

    Why shouldn't this make sense? Getting into orbit is more about reaching a high enough _sideways_ speed than a certain altitude, so the rocket has to pitch over shortly after launch. The profile of a typical rocket trajectory is more or less like this:

  • BayonetteWork
    BayonetteWork6 muaj më parë

    man i remember watching it launch live on the weather channel

  • Dr. A.I. Kryptanical
    Dr. A.I. Kryptanical6 muaj më parë

    Dr.Zurbuchen his voice sounds almost like William Dafoe's voice!

  • Haram Bae
    Haram Bae6 muaj më parë

    NASA is the planetary Amazon Prime.

  • JayJay Aviation

    JayJay Aviation

    5 muaj më parë

    Maybe space x should get that title

  • Zoriox
    Zoriox6 muaj më parë


  • SS. Gentle Man For someone
    SS. Gentle Man For someone6 muaj më parë

    Wow! I come from Thailand. Do you working in the team of NASA?

  • Logan Kotter
    Logan Kotter6 muaj më parë

    Hmmm, why isn’t that old German Rocket guy in jail? Kind of sus. Vote him out of Among Us, definitely an impostor.

  • Daniel Weseloh
    Daniel Weseloh6 muaj më parë

    The dichotomy of it all. A rocket trail like that can be the very symbol of hope, or the very harbinger of oblivion. What a strange world we live in.

  • amzer2
    amzer26 muaj më parë

    666k views lol

  • Telo


    6 muaj më parë

    666 dislikes

  • samus73
    samus736 muaj më parë Look, I found the indian Derek :D

  • aldenret
    aldenret6 muaj më parë

    I got that feeling of cosmic awarness when i saw the moon during the day a couple years back. I remember noticing how the edge of the shadowed part of the moon was almost straight but had a slight curve to it, and i realised that you could probably use that curve to calculate how close the moon was to the earth. That opened my eyes

  • hauntified


    5 muaj më parë

    You can use the retroreflectors Apollo Program brought there to measure that. 😄

  • Kattleya
    Kattleya6 muaj më parë

    Why does the reflection of the sun look so big?

  • JayJay Aviation

    JayJay Aviation

    5 muaj më parë

    You’re not an early riser

  • ohnoitsjose
    ohnoitsjose6 muaj më parë

    “All of a sudden you feel it in your body. The sound of force propagating slower than the light will hit your body and will really shake you. It’s this almost out of body experience that you’re apart of. Taking off from the shore of the cosmic ocean, you know for me its like punching a hole in the sky.” - Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen

  • Mandeep Techs
    Mandeep Techs6 muaj më parë

    India se kon kon dekh rha hai?

  • Jellyroll Jellyjinks
    Jellyroll Jellyjinks6 muaj më parë

    I also saw it launch, it was my first too

  • Chris
    Chris6 muaj më parë

    Derek just seems like such a genuine & pure guy

  • ice mine
    ice mine6 muaj më parë

    where are all the views???

  • ice mine
    ice mine6 muaj më parë

    why so little views???

  • Rene Schickbauer
    Rene Schickbauer6 muaj më parë

    If you ever get the chance, watch a Vega launch.

  • Cyber Lolo
    Cyber Lolo6 muaj më parë

    Thank you so much. Watching you having so intense fun and joy and redistribute it so nicely is the best thing I’ve seen since a lot of time. Thank you.

  • Zanthum
    Zanthum6 muaj më parë

    "... shore of the cosmic ocean." Someone has been listening to Carl Sagan.

  • ItsJrazYt
    ItsJrazYt7 muaj më parë

    What Space Agency is this SpaceX Or NASA or China SPACE Agency? Edit:Oh I See the Building ITS SAYS NASA

  • JayJay Aviation

    JayJay Aviation

    5 muaj më parë


  • hauntified


    5 muaj më parë

    That is the VAB

  • Willa Herrera
    Willa Herrera7 muaj më parë

    Go watch to fuel dragsters. It's a experience you can't explain with words.

  • Harish Dewangan
    Harish Dewangan7 muaj më parë

    If Elon Mask was also there during the launch then it would have been harder to recognize who is Derek and who is Elon. both look similar

  • Yashas
    Yashas7 muaj më parë

    Would it be possible to compute the velocity of the rocket from the recording? I can see Doppler effect in the video but maybe we could extract some information from it?

  • Lynn Christina Fonsi
    Lynn Christina Fonsi7 muaj më parë

    You have no idea , how much i love laminar flow. Turbulent flow what i see ....

  • Piyush Sonigara
    Piyush Sonigara7 muaj më parë

    Flat earthers be like - ThiS IS FaKE

    HITMAN7 muaj më parë

    wow its universal ,that people loves more about celebrity gossip than actual science and exploration . only few people showed up .

  • Bharat Singh
    Bharat Singh7 muaj më parë

    How clean the air was 🕵‍♂

  • Totenmaar Haim
    Totenmaar Haim7 muaj më parë

    earth is flat, space is fake

  • JayJay Aviation

    JayJay Aviation

    5 muaj më parë


  • hauntified


    5 muaj më parë

    I suggest completing secondary school

  • towardsthesun
    towardsthesun7 muaj më parë

    I can't understand what you're saying behind your face diaper.

  • TheOtherDave
    TheOtherDave7 muaj më parë

    Spectacular! Ad astra, per aspera. And onward, for eternity.

  • Carter Phillips
    Carter Phillips7 muaj më parë

    Ok 6 months to go

  • Barrett Henderson
    Barrett Henderson7 muaj më parë

    What he asked: what should i be looking out for when it launches? What they said: 0:53

  • Augustin Gervasio
    Augustin Gervasio7 muaj më parë

    I watched that from my front yard

  • Ben Wells
    Ben Wells7 muaj më parë

    they can send an unmanned space craft to mars but comcast can’t even fix our internet??

  • hotdrippyglass
    hotdrippyglass7 muaj më parë

    As they say in my home town; Wicked Cool !!!

  • Len E
    Len E7 muaj më parë

    It looks as if it hit the dome and had to turn! Lol

  • JayJay Aviation

    JayJay Aviation

    5 muaj më parë

    Do you not know what an orbit is?

  • Mudkip909


    7 muaj më parë

    or maybe, a gravity turn? you know, the thing rockets do to let it orbit by adding horizontal velocity?

  • Joseph Field
    Joseph Field7 muaj më parë

    It’s interesting that there’s a few people in the “most recent” comments that are disliking the video purely because he’s wearing a mask😂

  • NE Topics
    NE Topics7 muaj më parë

    *Man needs hard work to be successful*

  • Chad Gage
    Chad Gage7 muaj më parë

    Seeing someone so smart still wearing a mask. I've lost hope in the dumbed down america. Period

  • JayJay Aviation

    JayJay Aviation

    5 muaj më parë

    The virus is deadly for some and your “My immune system works” argument is like saying my car has brakes so I don’t need a seatbelt

  • Joseph Field

    Joseph Field

    7 muaj më parë

    Chad Gage and where were our ancestors compared to humanity today. They didn’t have houses, plumbing. People used to die from the a scratch and more of them would die from the flu. If we never vaccinated because “it muzzles in the face of adversity” then a lot more people would have lost their lives.

  • Chad Gage

    Chad Gage

    7 muaj më parë

    @Joseph Field Trusting a 20 milion year old immune system vs trusting tyranny, propaganda and the money printers influencing to a new level of stupid. And having the masses fall in line like sheep. If our ancestor hide and put on muzzles in the face of adversity. We wouldn't be here period!

  • Joseph Field

    Joseph Field

    7 muaj më parë

    I’ve heard countries like Japan wore masks even before covid so there’s no problem with wearing a mask

  • Joseph Field

    Joseph Field

    7 muaj më parë

    What’s your reasoning of not wearing a mask???

  • Nothing To See Here
    Nothing To See Here7 muaj më parë


  • Abhay Bhatt
    Abhay Bhatt7 muaj më parë

    I get the sense that we are on this rock hurdling through space, just by going on my house roof and looking at the sky right above.

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