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Comments • 6 610

  • SmarterEveryDay
    SmarterEveryDay  3 months ago +2808

    Luke Talley is one of the most interesting and impressive engineers I have ever met. I decided to do my best and capture Luke's thoughts as much as possible, because this is the rare opportunity to hear about the Saturn V program straight from the Horse's mouth! I hope you enjoy this video, and if you'd like to hear more of what Luke has to say (Including why he won the award) that's over on the Second Channel. Here's a link to that video: clip-share.net/video/cUkbdqw9pBk/video.html Also, friendly reminder that the Holographic Stickers will go out to Patrons at the beginning of the year. If you're considering supporting, (I'm grateful by the way) I'm going to lock in the Patron list at the end of the year. Here's the link if you're interested: www.patreon.com/smartereveryday

    • jason tipton
      jason tipton 10 days ago

      50 thousand horsepower fuel pumps on each f1 engine! WOW

    • dharma639
      dharma639 20 days ago +1

      I totally agree. Luke is very humble Genius behind the NASA's Project. God bless you Mr. Luke

    • S L
      S L 23 days ago

      This is honestly an amazing video. What an incredible man, describing an incredible rocket! Thank you so much!

    • xalibabax
      xalibabax Month ago

      ty for sharing this

    • thejudgemeister
      thejudgemeister Month ago

      I think about the changes in technology just from my high school days to present and they can't compare to what Mr. Talley has witnessed and actually been a part of. Not just an engineer but an inventor and an explorer.

  • Chuck B
    Chuck B 3 months ago +8589

    I worked with Luke Talley at IBM-Charlotte in the mid-1980's. I was a new mechanical engineer out of college and Luke was the system engineer for the printer we were developing. I loved the stories he told about Apollo. In 2016 I was visiting my son who is an aerospace engineer in Huntsville. We decided to tour the Space & Rocket center. As we were walking by the Saturn V, I was telling my son some of the stories Luke told me. When we reached the Instrumentation Ring, there stood Luke working as a volunteer. It was great to see him again after almost 30 years. Destin, I am so happy you are capturing Luke's stories so that a large audience can hear them.

    • Malang Jambang
      Malang Jambang Day ago

    • Jorge Mendez
      Jorge Mendez Month ago +1

      I dont know why, but your comment made me emotional. Thanks for sharing that little piece of history, your history. There was something really moving about this.

    • Alec Epting
      Alec Epting Month ago

      @Imtheone VanHalen Not true. They had a large facility at University Research Park off of W.T. Harris Blvd. I worked there along with about 5,000 other employees. At the time it was called the Systems Product Division. They were focused on the banking industry, and I worked on the 3890 high speed check sorter. I did the Magnetic Ink Character Recognition system for the US market and the Optical Character Recognition system for Europe. Terry Will worked on handwriting recognition. He and I share a patent on it. Tulley must've joined Terry after I left in July 1992. The facility was built in the early 1980's. In the mid 1980's they built Pro-printers, which were dot matrix. That was in a separate building.

    • The Zero Line
      The Zero Line Month ago

      At the pearly gates, the tally is going to be heavily in Talley’s favor.

    • Alec Epting
      Alec Epting Month ago

      I worked at IBM in Charlotte from 1981 to 1992. Luke mentioned he had worked on handwriting recognition in NC. I know IBM sold off the printer division to Lexmark in 1991. Did he move over to work on handwriting recognition after that? I was working on machine print recognition (artificial neural networks) back then and would meet with Terry Will who was focusing on that area quite often. I wonder if Luke worked with Terry after I left in 1992. Would love to have talked to him.

  • Top10VideosOnTheWeb
    Top10VideosOnTheWeb 2 months ago +292

    This is solid gold. Never lose this recording - you guys should donate this to the center so the Space Campers can really learn how those stages work - maybe cut it into pieces and have a player by each stage so they can watch it as they examine the stages. So very excellent - Thank you both for THIS!

    • Phil Davenport
      Phil Davenport 25 days ago +1

      @Justin Madrid NASA's "simulation equipment"? Meaning what? CGI? Is that your argument?

    • Phil Davenport
      Phil Davenport 25 days ago +1

      @Justin Madrid What makes you cast doubt on one of the greatest achievements of mankind? Where's your evidence?

    • Justin Madrid
      Justin Madrid 25 days ago

      @Phil Davenport What makes you say that?

  • Socky Noob
    Socky Noob 2 months ago +56

    It's so heartwarming seeing engineers of some of the greatest feats of mankind getting the attention they deserve. And I appreciate you asking questions, even if it seems annoying. It seems like Mr. Luke enjoyed somebody being very interested in it!

  • Chris Corscadden
    Chris Corscadden 2 months ago +573

    Craziest part of the video is hearing that companies were willing to train their employees instead of expecting 10 years experience before you graduated

    • ianwestc
      ianwestc 4 days ago

      @Willoughby Krenzteinburg yes, but many a person has reported seeing job postings asking for more experience with a product than the product has been around. It comes from cut and paste hr form-making without actual thought as to whether the requirements were necessary in the first place.
      It's more like "senior level person, therefore, must have 10 years experience in whatever he's going to use."

    • Gooby Tron
      Gooby Tron 4 days ago

      @Willoughby Krenzteinburg
      Excellent point!

    • Willoughby Krenzteinburg
      Willoughby Krenzteinburg 4 days ago

      It makes sense though - - considering that "10 years experience" didn't exist....

    • ianwestc
      ianwestc 21 day ago

      @TheLangstons DHNH Only if you buy a new house. My house was constructed in 1920, has 2bd, 1 bath, 1200 sqft, and I bought it for $600k a decade ago. Smaller houses are still pretty pricey if you live in an area with a high cost of living; IE, where the good jobs are.

    • TheLangstons DHNH
      TheLangstons DHNH 29 days ago +1

      @Gooby Tron Well California is a while different animal than most anywhere else. Guess we should all be glad that porsches did not appreciate at the same rate as their house.

  • Anthony Dean
    Anthony Dean Month ago +40

    Luke, it was an honor to meet you yesterday. As a former NASA avionics and instrumentation guy, I felt I was meeting a predecessor who set the stage. You’re an amazing guy Luke!

  • Peter C
    Peter C 2 months ago +25

    What an amazing man and an amazing story. I love that he's so laid back about it. A genuinely great person.

  • NovaStorm
    NovaStorm 2 months ago +48

    I met Luke last time I was at the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center! Such an amazing guy. He just walked up one day and started telling us about it all.

  • CKAmina 76
    CKAmina 76 2 months ago +27

    This guy is a treasure! I could listen to his stories for days. I think he would have made a great teacher, some people just have a way of capturing your attention and captivating your imagination!

  • choddo
    choddo 2 months ago +36

    “Mouth dropping entrance to the hall” is spot on. I went there once and when you first see the scale of that thing it just blows you away. Video can’t do it justice. I was at IBM for 18 years and this will always be the most incredible part of their history.

  • John Heiser
    John Heiser Month ago +2

    I have spoken with Luke Talley a couple of times on my visits to the Rocket Center. What an amazing guy and so generous with his time and knowledge, helping to communicate to visitors the story of what a remarkable technological achievement the Saturn V was. Thanks for producing this episode so more people can benefit from his experiences.

  • Solvarian Foresthaven
    Solvarian Foresthaven 2 months ago +24

    "How did it feel to watch Neil step onto the moon?", the hesitation in his voice.. That old man was holding back a tear on that one.

  • TimeBucks
    TimeBucks 3 months ago +717

    My condolences to Luke on the loss of his wife

  • Martins Rutks ari Rutkis

    From transistors to early Ai, what a feat! I'm just happy this channel exists and Luke made it from the Apollo missions to Clip-Share era, so that he and you could make this video - a first hand story. Thanks!

  • Gregg Gebetsberger
    Gregg Gebetsberger 2 months ago +9

    What a pleasure this was to watch. Luke's humble nature is endearing yet he and others were responsible for giant leaps in technical advances. This was a superb video.

  • GrassLab
    GrassLab 12 days ago +2

    One of the greatest things about this channel, is getting the opportunity to hear some amazing stories from remarkable people, who are extremely passionate about their industry and career. Thank you for sharing their journey ❤

  • TheLangstons DHNH
    TheLangstons DHNH Month ago +6

    This was super interesting. I've always been blown away by the saturn 5 and the moon landings, thank for putting this together!

  • CrabmanSteve
    CrabmanSteve Month ago +4

    The part that blows my mind as someone who is heavily into machining, is how they managed tolerance-stacking (in both the physical parts AND the operation) for something this large and complex. It's absolutely mindblowing.

  • Kent Henry
    Kent Henry 2 months ago +720

    Not every channel can publish a 58 minute video that I want to watch completely uninterrupted and without distraction... but you've done it

    • Redeemed Catholic
      Redeemed Catholic 2 months ago

      @James Faction Yep. When we look at the history of scientific discoveries you will fall off the chair (like me) at the amount of priests and nuns being at the forefront of science lol

    • James Faction
      James Faction 2 months ago

      @Redeemed Catholic there are a lot of scientists who are also religious. Absolutely.

    • Reshpeck
      Reshpeck 2 months ago

      I put it on while I worked on organizing some camera equipment and I had to stop it after a while because I realized that I needed to just sit and watch with my full attention. Fortunately he put out an extended edit of the interview so I can watch that instead.

    • Redeemed Catholic
      Redeemed Catholic 2 months ago

      @James Faction Hi just wanted to say don't equate what random people say and interpret in the bible in crazy ways with what the bible actually teaches. People can twist literally anything. The Church actually heavily supports science and speaks very positively about it.
      Just wanted to say this because I dont want people to be left with the impression that everyone is that... ignorant

    • John Mutz
      John Mutz 2 months ago +1

      This isn't rocket science bro.... wait?

  • Oleksandr Beresnevatiy
    Oleksandr Beresnevatiy 18 days ago +1

    Wow, huge respect to Luke! As a software engineer, I’m so inspired by his experience!

  • Kevin Harbeson
    Kevin Harbeson Month ago +5

    Luke was amazing, the world needs more like him.

  • Bruce Storey
    Bruce Storey 22 days ago +1

    Absolute solid gold. Really enjoyed the information and the manner in which Luke delivered it. Many thanks also to Smarter Every Day for putting this gem together.

  • Dan Martin Larsson
    Dan Martin Larsson 23 days ago +2

    Amazing clip! Makes me even more impressed about the tremendous amount of effort that was made in reaching the moon, and how quickly it was done!

  • Astro Melly
    Astro Melly 2 months ago +8

    I loved this! I've been to Kennedy, and seen the Saturn V for myself - like many people, but to have a walk around with one of the senior engineers is a real treat. I actually like the longer youtube videos, as long as the content is relevant and interesting, which this very much was. Had a tear in my eye at several points - Luke is obviously a very cool guy and good to see he still has a passion for his amazing career. Thanks so much for your interesting and varied content!

  • Cat Branchman
    Cat Branchman 3 months ago +268

    Luke's intelligence is only exceeded by his humility. Thank you Luke and Destin for this amazing journey!

    • Twin Turbo Only
      Twin Turbo Only 3 months ago +2

      They’re everywhere. No one cares if you’re a normal person. Only if you did something extraordinary.

    • Duke Craig
      Duke Craig 3 months ago +1

      @Junior Junison
      There's plenty of men like him out there every day doing what smart, talented people do, they just aren't a part of something as notorious as the Apollo program.

    • Junior Junison
      Junior Junison 3 months ago +5

      World needs more men like him. Humble but wicked smart. Oh and kind too.

  • Marco Graca
    Marco Graca 2 months ago +4

    I can honestly say this is my favourite video ever! My condolences to Luke! Thanks Luke for your great work! You are part of humanity history and an inspiration to many of us.
    Keep up making great videos like this.

  • witkocaster
    witkocaster 14 days ago +2

    I as a human am so proud of those engineers who made all this possible. The peak of our technological civilization.

  • D Mo
    D Mo 2 months ago +1

    What an incredible gentleman! We're so lucky to still have some of them walking around among us. Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing opportunity, his personal comments and sense of humor are as good if not better than the knowledge he shared.

  • EmpyreanLightASMR
    EmpyreanLightASMR Month ago +2

    Just fantastic video. But at the end, I did my best to hold it in but couldn't 😭 I hope Luke has lots of friends and a good support system; I picture him going home and being alone with only his memories and that to me is super devastating. Thank you for sharing so much with us Luke!

  • Elizabeth Toone
    Elizabeth Toone 17 days ago +1

    This is what happens when you get someone talking about what they love. It's great to hear

  • AuthenTech - Ben Schmanke
    AuthenTech - Ben Schmanke 2 months ago +248

    The amount of knowledge in that man's brain is beyond incredible. 🤯

    • salemcripple
      salemcripple 2 months ago +1

      You ever be watching a video, and realize you're watching greatness? A literal living legend.

    • hovnocuc
      hovnocuc 2 months ago +1

      I love how Destin asks him about what the experience is like and he's just like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ "fun i guess". Gotta love these engineers, it's "just" a problem to solve for them. It's such a contrast to the people who brag their whole life about how their one idea made them rich. Super down to earth guy.

    • Fred in IT
      Fred in IT 2 months ago +29

      He's one of those rare folks you can honestly say, "He'll forget more in his lifetime than I'll ever know."

  • Homo Helveticus Grisonensis

    Best science channel on YT so far. Props from Switzerland for your excellent job 👍🏼

  • Jody Harrison
    Jody Harrison 21 day ago +3

    Great video! I was thrilled to hear him talk about the welding of the tanks which is what my grandfather did. He had lots of good stories about building that behemoth. Thank you for doing this.

  • Paul Bush
    Paul Bush 25 days ago +1

    Incredible. So many things happening simultaneously at tremendous speeds and altitude and choreographed to fractions of a second. We can build upon these missions and continue to explore the vastness of space from whence we came.

  • E-Team
    E-Team 23 days ago +1

    Hey Destin, it was a pleasure to watch and rewatch again, and again this video here, and on the second channel too. Thank you for all this work! I fell sad that Luke's wife passed away. If you will ever have the chance to see him again, then tell him that I, as an embedded engineer, that lives far away from USA, (Republic of Moldova) admires his work just as much as you did in this video and I wish him all the best now and for many more years.

  • Angelo Conconi
    Angelo Conconi 2 months ago

    That was an amazing video, thank you so much Destin for filming this and sharing it with us! Love your videos!

  • charles2404
    charles2404 2 months ago +386

    58 minutes felt like 15 minutes. Thank you Luke and Destin !

    • Sheldon Murray
      Sheldon Murray Month ago

      Yes I thought I was going to split it up. Could not stop

    • Maws
      Maws 2 months ago +2

      I thought you were joking at firs, until i scrolled back up to check.

    • Miroslav Zuska
      Miroslav Zuska 2 months ago

      same here

    • hatrock66
      hatrock66 2 months ago +3

      That was the fastest hour while I was
      on my treadmill. Was fascinated the whole time. Actually shaking my head in amazement.

    • DjHalo
      DjHalo 2 months ago

      yea it really did

  • McFudpucker
    McFudpucker 26 days ago +2

    I was 5 years old when Apollo 11 launched, and was completely hooked on the rocket and all of it's successive missions. I remember having an Apollo V coloring book, each page illustrated a section of the mission. I don't think that book left my side for a month or more. This was a fascinating video, thank you.

  • Dave Roberts
    Dave Roberts 2 months ago

    Well done Destin! I'm also blown away by Lukes ability to recall numbers. Great interview, such fascinating history and it's now captured forever.

    CΔRL ΛTTΞNIΞSΞ 2 months ago +2

    Dude, this is an incredible expose and channel. You won a follower today. I have been a spaceflight enthusiast since I was in junior high--but only started to delve deep into process the last few years. Before that it was shallow--mission details, astronaut histories, general spacecraft maneuvers and orientations--but as I grow more interested in the engineering and physics, orbital mechanics, etc.--I hunger for more material like you deliver. Thank you. I am a content-producer myself, on here and at my site, Twitter, Instagram and Substack (where I do a podcast of poetry)--but don't make money at it, yet, and until I am more expert in spaceflight--beyond meaning, importance, history and so on--I focus on philosophy,ethics, neuroscience and meditation, politics, etc. I am sorry I cannot support you financially, but I will re-post you everywhere. Hats off to Dr. Tally and to you--my friend.

  • Kenyon Comp
    Kenyon Comp 29 days ago +1

    My dad recently turned 90 , back in 1969 he worked at Raytheon and was flown with a small group of guys to work on on this rocket and the Apollo 11 capsule, this is a great video .

  • 3dburger
    3dburger 18 days ago +1

    Thank you for making this video. I actually went to this facility at 6:11. I saw this rocket in person, which was amazing. I also learned about the Artemis Program here too. Anyway, the flash drive where I stored the photos from this day went missing and I still have not found it. Even though I remember a fair bit of it, I do enjoy seeing it again. Thanks!

  • TheTarrMan
    TheTarrMan 3 months ago +173

    I'm very grateful for the internet and channels like yours because without any of this I would never hear fascinating stories like this.
    Thank you.

    • Pat Ellinghuysen
      Pat Ellinghuysen 3 months ago +2

      @nonam namrson I guess "furries" are something that one needs to actively search for. I have never seen one. Destin's channels are awesome information

    • nonam namrson
      nonam namrson 3 months ago +1

      Yeah, but for every channel like this one there's 4 or 5 furries. The internet was a mistake.

  • CaptainCrack3r
    CaptainCrack3r Month ago +1

    It takes someone like you , Destin, to get these highly engaging and educational videos. Luke seemed like he was so excited to answer nearly every question you asked, it was very clear y'all share an akin interest and passion in engineering. Always love the videos, thanks for creating GREAT content very few people are capable of making!

  • Rubén23
    Rubén23 27 days ago +1

    Historia viva. Estos testimonios son de un valor icalculable. Dentro de unos años ya no quedará nadie que hable de primera mano lo que pasó.

  • Andres de la Guardia
    Andres de la Guardia 2 months ago +1

    I want to be like Luke when I grow up. Thank you Destin for making me know a little bit of this great guy.

  • oh hey it's duke
    oh hey it's duke 2 months ago +1

    This was a great watch and Luke is an immensely entertaining guide and resource to have in this walkthrough.

  • Max Flight
    Max Flight 2 months ago +1

    I smiled when he said “it’s hard to think you are cooling it with 800deg, but it’s better than 5000 !😂”

  • Steve Ring
    Steve Ring 3 months ago +294

    I am 75 years old and am basically a space nerd. I can't thank Destin enough for putting together this video. I could listen to Luke for hours. Thank you guys for this great video!

    • 𝚆𝝣𝕊 𝙽𝐢𝕔𝚑𝜙𝚕 
      𝚆𝝣𝕊 𝙽𝐢𝕔𝚑𝜙𝚕  3 months ago +3

      As a fellow space nerd, I love this stuff because you can learn new things no matter how much you know. There is always something new and exciting to learn!

    • Bruce Poindexter
      Bruce Poindexter 3 months ago +5

      I honestly feel smarter after watching this video! I'm a space nerd too, but have never heard many of the design and structural facts until now. He explains it in understandable jargon. Thank you Destin for making this!!

    • Steve O
      Steve O 3 months ago +2


  • Keeper
    Keeper 21 day ago +1

    I met Luke in 2017 when i went to space camp. he gave an amazing tour to our group very similar to this video. it was an amazing memory.

  • Datsun510zen
    Datsun510zen 2 months ago +1

    My dad was a skilled resistance welder who worked on sections of the Saturn V Apollo rocket in San Diego Ca. The Aero Spacelines Pregnant Guppy carried these sections back to Merritt Island, Florida. It had a massive fuselage and tiny wings that looked much too small for it to flay. We lived on the hills above the Boeing and McDonnell Douglas warehouses running along the San Diego Airport. I remember seeing that crazy looking plane taking off, and my mom saying "There goes Daddies rocket."

  • Nathan Robinson
    Nathan Robinson 2 months ago

    So fascinating! I love the engineering, Luke's a pretty cool guy.

  • Bixo Fam
    Bixo Fam 11 days ago +1

    What a legend Luke is. Absolute hero. Thank you

  • Dave H
    Dave H 2 months ago

    This video was simply riveting! To hear the recollections mixed with personal anecdotes first hand from someone so closely involved with the Saturn project is priceless. I remember walking around the outdoor display of the Saturn 5 in Florida years ago and much of that feeling of seeing one of these massive rockets first hand came back to me watching this.

  • digiryde
    digiryde 2 months ago +323

    Many decades ago there were documentaries like this on regular TV that had entire production teams behind them. Sadly they have been replaced by what passes for mass media entertainment.
    Thank you for taking the time to put together these gems. Luke is one of millions of people who have made our world better in some way. Their stories are what we should all be looking up to, not some sports figure or actor.
    Please keep doing this thing you do so well!

    • digiryde
      digiryde Month ago

      @Clarence Green Not sure why you are telling me this, but thank you. I have been doing that for years as a way to encourage Clip-Share content. Though, most Clip-Share content is nothing I find worth being encouraged. 🤣

    • digiryde
      digiryde 2 months ago

      ​@W S lol
      Understanding what others find of value in a thing sometimes is far more scary than seeing the thing itself. ;)

    • W S
      W S 2 months ago

      Now you get the Kardashians....

    • digiryde
      digiryde 2 months ago

      @runforitman True. And what is the target length of a Clip-Share video for max monetization? That and the interjected commercials are no different than TV. As you go to other platforms, it actually just gets worse: TikTok, Twitch, Twitter (not vids, but very short "messages"), etc.


    That was a great chat. His knowledge and recollection is like it was yesterday and it's amazing how smart the human being is. To develop all of these incredibly complex systems and fix the issues, the injector plate, for example, is unreal.

  • Raymond Carroll
    Raymond Carroll 20 days ago

    This is BEYOND amazing to me. I can’t even begin to grasp the intelligence it takes to do this and do it successfully. I’d be lucky if they even told me where the broom closet was , to even sweep the place while they were building it. This is just amazing. Thanks once again for reminding me how stupid I really am!!!!

  • Phillip Mulligan
    Phillip Mulligan 2 months ago

    That man is such a treasure trove of aerospace engineering. It's wonderful to listen to this man relive his time working on his little part of the Apollo space program. Such a wonderful life he lead as a strapping young university graduate

  • Billie Cook
    Billie Cook Month ago +1

    Brilliant, informative, with a bit of humour thrown in. Loved this. As a Mechanical Engineer in this day and age, the admiration for these guys is huge. What an achievement. It's a shame my field of work doesn't quite involve rockets, aeronautics, or, putting people in space, but it's a great career to be in. hopefully one day I can look back on a project and be as proud of it as this guy - and remain as humble.

  • 8BitRetroGhost
    8BitRetroGhost 2 months ago

    What a wealth of knowledge captured in one video. Thank you Luke and Destin.

  • Roelf van der Merwe
    Roelf van der Merwe 3 months ago +447

    Probably one of the best videos I've ever watched on the Internet. I'm speechless. I can't believe how far Clip-Share has come. Congratulations Destin. This is Discovery Channel quality stuff!!

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      Jay 88 2 months ago


    • Mark Ridgaway
      Mark Ridgaway 2 months ago +1

      @mfreund15448 Discovery channel isn't even a shadow of what it was.

    • jason p
      jason p 3 months ago +4

      You took thewordsrighr out of my mouth.i cud sit and listen to this man explain things all day.incredible gentleman

    • Peter Landers
      Peter Landers 3 months ago +4

      Thank you Dad

    • fred rubble
      fred rubble 3 months ago +2

      Well said!

  • Scott West
    Scott West 2 months ago

    Wow such a great segment on Luke! What a humble man and funny to boot. Its amazing the accomplishments that were made during the Apollo program. I will never forget this video, or this man. THANKS!

  • StudySession
    StudySession Month ago +1

    Love seeing someone so passionate about their work!

  • Sam Hawaii
    Sam Hawaii 2 months ago

    Amazing piece of history. Felt like I was re-living the day of the launch. Authentic. Thank you!

  • Gray Harker
    Gray Harker 15 days ago +2

    Growing up watching the original Mercury astronauts I watched Allen Shepherd on his first flight. I watched every lunch from then on with great interest. A couple of years ago my wife and I took the tour of the Kennedy Space center. I was stunned by the realization about the size of the space craft. As the program progressed the rockets got bigger so they moved the camera back. On TV you got the impression that all the rockets were about the same size. There's a Redstone outside the center and it looks about the same size as a modern ICBM. But when you see the Saturn 5 it's HUGE! You can put a half dozen Redstones inside the Saturn 5! It's funny how much perspective you loose watching or TV as opposed to real life!!

  • V Thors
    V Thors 2 months ago

    Awesome. Just crazy to imagine the amount of work that went in to the space programme and the absolute mountain of engineering challenges that had to be overcome to reach their goal.

  • LordoftheAuxCord
    LordoftheAuxCord 3 months ago +293

    I’m an engineering student at the college directly across from this museum, and I’ve frequently made trips across the road to study underneath the Saturn V during the slow hours. Often times, volunteers such as Luke ask me about the projects I work on, and vise versa. These guys are a massive encouragement to me, and I’m so happy to see Luke and the other volunteers getting the attention they deserve. Maybe I’ll run into you sometime, Destin!
    Edit: Luke finds it incredibly humorous that my name is also Luke, so I guess I’m kind of a big deal. Lol

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 months ago +2

      Must be one heck of a place to study. Beats a crowded library, at least.

    • chris35
      chris35 3 months ago

      @Rory Cannon it was a joke calm down. Don't take everything in comments seriously....

    • chris35
      chris35 3 months ago

      @Jordy V. No no. You got it mixed up. I'm saying the ordinary citizens are responsible for their emissions. The government though don't actually care about it. The citizens have to suffer and be responsible with emissions were as the government can have insane rocket ships that will emit way more emissions than I ever can produce....

    • Jordy V.
      Jordy V. 3 months ago +1

      @chris35 Space exploration has done way more good for this planet than it did bad. Why not stop focusing on the bad and instead look at the whole picture?

  • Terry Lewis
    Terry Lewis 2 months ago +1

    Best episode so far. Loved it! I stood under that same Saturn V and was in complete awe.

  • fREAK
    fREAK Month ago +2

    i am from India. we have a growing space program and people like Luke are the ones erase all borders. he's true inspiration for all humans to go beyond what's achieved by humans before. pretty sure there are few lukes in ISRO who will get india to the moon and beyond. he loves his job .

  • Ankit Kumar - IIT Bombay

    Such an amazing tour, It didn't felt like one hour passed by. Thank you.

  • Eric Keefer
    Eric Keefer 2 months ago

    Holy cow!! What an awesome person. Yourself and Luke. Absolutely love the video i am a space nut. The content was exceptional. I would be out of my mind to spend a second with a brain like Luke. Thank you so much!

  • JonKeenMTB
    JonKeenMTB 2 months ago

    Absolutely incredible stuff. What a delightful person, so humble and full of humour but with so much knowledge and expertise to share.

  • KentD
    KentD 3 months ago +271

    What a great episode, Destin! Thank you. Born in 1961, like so many others I grew up with the space race and Apollo/moon program.
    Thank you, Mr. Talley, for your incredible work and for talking Destin through this video. You are a credit to all your co-workers who also worked on such programs. Please accept my condolences over the loss of your wife, Kitty. RIP.

    • First name Last name
      First name Last name 3 months ago +2

      @Emnatas Sounds like you might be in luck since its kind of jumped back into popularity again.

    • Emnatas
      Emnatas 3 months ago +8

      Born 2007. A few years ago I got obsessed about the space race and started consuming a lot of space content. Would've loved to grow up with the space race now.

  • LydianLights
    LydianLights 2 months ago

    Finally got some time to watch this video! It's incredible! As always, thank you so much Destin for your amazing human-centric approach to science and engineering. Really cool to see the man himself show off this historic piece of equipment.

  • Jesse Thomas
    Jesse Thomas 2 months ago +1

    Great video, Destin. It is always fun watching the captions try to keep up and interpret the southern dialect! Have you ever explored the recovery parachutes? I am baffled by the tendency of the parachutes to pull outward. It seems like they would be more likely to bunch together when multiple parachutes are attached to a single tether.

  • Alexi does something or whatever

    I wouldn't mind watching a 4 hour video of just technical stuff like this. It is so interesting just listening to intellectual nonsense that just makes sense with context. It's kind of like the safety third podcast, but high quality. I hope to see long format videos in the future!

  • Spx
    Spx 26 days ago +3

    what a great guy Luke is. the world is a better place with people like him in it.

  • Scott Deruyter
    Scott Deruyter 2 months ago

    Another amazing person with an incredible life to share!! Thank you both!

  • sinnay
    sinnay 2 months ago +101

    Those apollo engineers are so humble it's so wholesome... "I just felt like somebody who didn't know what the heck was going on". The mark of true greatness is not only achieving something great but remaining humble and modest about it

    • Phil Davenport
      Phil Davenport 25 days ago

      @notfiveo Of course they could be duplicated, but why try? Is your next new car going to be an Edsel? Sure, Ford could recreate one for you, but why would you or they want to?

    • EmpyreanLightASMR
      EmpyreanLightASMR Month ago

      I really appreciated that quote when he said it. I'm not an engineering student but I joined a science grant team at my college and that's basically how I feel. But I'm having fun and helping where I can.

    • nitram voksmad
      nitram voksmad Month ago

      Yes, of course, they were born in the '10s, '20s, '30s, & '40s; they are of an entirely different ethic... I knew many of them, lovely people.

    • notfiveo
      notfiveo Month ago

      Unlike today these engines were hand made and the skills needed to construct them has been lost to time, which is why they can’t be duplicated today.

    • Alec Epting
      Alec Epting Month ago +2

      Neil Armstrong was the same way. He didn't want the recognition because he knew he was just one of 350,000 who made it happen.

  • bob johnston
    bob johnston 27 days ago

    This was an excellent video and Luke is a impressive and intelligent man that I could listen to for hours. You did an absolutely wonderful job on this video, and I want to thank you for giving me an beautiful education on a program I watched when I was a young boy

  • Boss223
    Boss223 Month ago +1

    Since I was a little boy,I was totally in grossed in the Saturn Rocket. Thank you this was grate.❤

  • Will Gillette
    Will Gillette 2 months ago +1

    I thought i knew a lot about the Apollo space program until i watched this...Very cool we have such brilliant people working on stuff like this!

  • Leah Sticht
    Leah Sticht Month ago +2

    Thank you so much Mr Talley, for all your time. My 11 year old loves engineering and he gained a lot from this video.
    Destin, you don't know us but we all love your channel and the content you share with us. You are a big part of our family and we are grateful for your humor and humility.

  • Bill Dillard
    Bill Dillard 2 months ago

    Well… I just stumbled on this and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed and Luke Talley was just amazing… this really is a priceless piece of our space history. I wish you could get Luke and Elon together!! What an incredible confab that would be!

  • Kurt Armbrust
    Kurt Armbrust 3 months ago +417

    Thank you for capturing Luke's history. Of the 350,000 people that worked on Apollo, I'm sure there are many other interesting stories. Unfortunately most of those will be lost. It is great that at least one more piece of Saturn V's creation will be available for future generations.

    • MediocreMan
      MediocreMan 2 months ago

      As long as the creator decides to, and youtube exists at least.

    • Mike McLeroy
      Mike McLeroy 2 months ago +1

      @Killer Cuddles they won’t get it. They think thrust works in a vacuum. They think men actually walked on the moon 😂

    • Omni Yambot
      Omni Yambot 2 months ago +2

      ​@Anand Sharma absolutely. Doing complex engineering stuff in modern computing era is God-tier enough. I can't express how good those physicist/engineers were back in the day. We definitely stand on the shoulders of these giants. Analog electronics, fluid dynamics, mechanical engineers and of course the people who manage them(underrated) are absolutely good.

    • Anand Sharma
      Anand Sharma 2 months ago +1

      @Omni Yambot I paused the video at the point where they stressed on "some people spent their entire lives perfecting these engines (J2)" Probably God-tier fluid mechanics experts.

  • Nick W
    Nick W 2 months ago

    What an absolutely superb, incredible museum. Officially on my bucket list now. Need to get there soon before these national treasures are gone

  • Pete Walker
    Pete Walker Month ago

    So, so interesting ! Luke is a funny and such a great career. Very, very interest tour of the Saturn 5.

  • Александр
    Александр 2 months ago +1

    по крайней мере даже ради этого нужно знать английский язык что бы понимать то что говорит этот замечательный и по истине знаменитый человек! Останавливаю и перевожу то что не понятно, потому как ооочень интересно!

  • zigzagarisen
    zigzagarisen 2 months ago

    Sometimes Destin asks really good questions, sometimes he asks questions the person he's talking to has already answered. Like when he asks about fuel-O2 ratios.

  • Larry Postell
    Larry Postell 2 months ago

    What a great episode. Thank you Luke and Destin.

  • Ben
    Ben 3 months ago +87

    I saw a new video from Destin, and I didn't even look at the title or the thumbnail before I clicked. I just thought, "I need a dose of positivity and uncomplicated enthusiasm for life. I'm going to watch this right now." Thanks, Destin for putting on display your genuine love and interest, not just in knowledge but in other people especially.

    • Blake J
      Blake J 3 months ago +2

      One of my favorite things about this channel is that despite how smart we all know Destin is, he always, _ALWAYS,_ listens more than he talks, and only really asks questions or clarifies for us viewers. it's a really great way to approach conversation, and is hands down the best way to learn. abandon everything you think you know, and become a knowledge sponge. for that (and many other reasons), I really look up to him.

  • jetstream01
    jetstream01 2 months ago

    Just wanted to say I really appreciate this video. It took me a while to find the time to watch it but I'm glad I did. Such amazing stories and amazing people involved in this program. I hope to visit this awesome museum some day.

  • The Green Bandit
    The Green Bandit 22 days ago

    Epic video! What a great presentation of the incredible engineering feat this vehicle is!

  • BullNurseMedic308
    BullNurseMedic308 2 months ago

    Thanks Destin for another great video! A couple of years ago, I toured Kennedy Space Center and got to see their Saturn V display, which is very similar to the one in Huntsville. I was looking at my pictures as your video was playing and it made for a unique interactive experience. You always put out great content, but this one was extra special. Keep up the great work!

  • mr O'Flynn
    mr O'Flynn Month ago

    Amazing video and so well presented with such professionalism and an upbeat manner befitting of such a hero. The background to how he began is uplifting and heartbreaking all in one swoop. His did his dad proud and his family too. Great job , ideal for any class in any school as a science lesson. Keep them coming.

  • Renato Lutz
    Renato Lutz 2 months ago

    One of my favorite videos so far. Thank you and a special thanks to Luke.

  • Pillowcase
    Pillowcase 3 months ago +33

    It only takes a few moments hearing Luke to realize you're listening to a remarkable engineer.

  • Juanjo Alvarez
    Juanjo Alvarez Month ago

    It's a one hour video, but It seemed to me only ten minutes because I was totally absorbed by Luke's explanations. Really very good video. Congratulations!

  • Thomas Rohlack
    Thomas Rohlack 15 days ago +1

    I have read a LOT about the Saturn V but I sure enjoyed this. Fantastic.

  • jacksonfilm
    jacksonfilm 2 months ago

    That was fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed being in Luke's company.