Mars - Life on the Red Planet? | DW Documentary

Published 2024-04-12
In February 2021, the robot "Perseverance" landed successfully on Mars. However, this success was never a given. The film shows the difficult work involved in developing the robot, right up to its successful landing.

The new robot NASA sent to Mars is called "Perseverance". Its mission? To search for evidence of past life on the Red Planet - an important and ambitious endeavor. It took years to design the space probe and its small helicopter drone, called "Ingenuity". This documentary follows the rover's development, right up to its landing in the Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.

The mission proved to be a complete success: the robot landed safely and all the instruments on board functioned smoothly. As a result, "Perseverance" was able to deliver high-resolution images of Mars. But getting there was an arduous journey for all involved.

On site, "Perseverance" takes samples from the crater, which scientists believe was once a river delta. Geological traces of past life - so-called biosignatures - could be hidden in the rock. Eventually, these samples will be brought back to Earth for analysis. Among other things, they could provide insights into possible life on Mars.

The four-pound mini-helicopter "Ingenuity", which traveled in the belly of the rover, is now carrying out a series of test flights. These are the first of their kind to be undertaken on another planet. Another task of "Perseverance" is to test an innovative technology for extracting oxygen from the atmosphere. It is hoped that the gas can be used as fuel -- or to supply oxygen for future manned flights to Mars.

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All Comments (21)
  • @Notthelasttime
    We are already living in space on a planet called Earth.
  • @psi4033
    When we stop fighting here in earth. When we learn to live with each other. When we learn to love and help each other. When we are not confused
  • By far one of the best documentary by DW. Keep up the good work DW documentary Team
  • DW consistently does amazing work. Thank you for working so hard to keep us all informed.
  • @bulletinvid
    DW, my love, thank you for taking us to Mars ❤
  • @TheNickKennedy
    A lot of the things that we take for granted today are because of going to space. Also there are so many independent variables of events that could end life as we know it and we have no control over it. Should we take care of our planet? Absolutely but we shouldn’t resist to advance as a civilization.
  • @diljan10
    Credit goes to DW documentary for allowing us to see such amazing scenes from another world ❤❤
  • @dlewis8405
    An 8 year old kid in Virginia named it Perseverance. He won a NASA competition to decide the rover's name.
  • @M_ibraheem
    absolutely amazing just wow full marks to DW for such a wonderful documentary.
  • @PARlS23
    Best documentary channel on YouTube
  • @JedFord
    What a beautiful, futuristic, informative, programme. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed.
  • @arbaz79
    Amazing,informative and high quality documentary ❤.
  • @FlavaTheRipper
    Didnt even mention Spacex making the ship for it, literally not possible without them but did show 5 sec clip of their promotional video. Frankly much more exciting watching their progress to feel how close we are to sending real amounts of cargo.
  • I am a bit confused. I thought there was life on Mars. I can't believe that a mistake might have been made by David Bowie.
  • @Mrbfgray
    Earth and Mars have been "sneezing" on eachother for ever, life has already been transferred back and forth. (assuming life exist on Mars)
  • @lungotevere
    Brilliant. The best science for a long time.