An Actual Apollo Engineer Explains the Saturn 5 Rocket – Smarter Every Day 280

An Actual Apollo Engineer Explains the Saturn 5 Rocket – Smarter Every Day 280

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2nd Channel Longer interview with Luke Talley:

Luke Talley is a Docent Emeritus at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Many of the images in this video are taken from the
“Saturn V Flight manual”

“F-1 Engine Familiarization Training Manual”

This Document is AMAZING:
“Apollo/Saturn V Space Vehicle Selected Structural Element Review Report, AS-503”

In 2018, Marshall Space Flight Center uploaded a ton of really cool old “Saturn V Quarterly Updates”. Watching these videos really helped me understand the scale of the Apollo program. What our ancestors did was absolutely amazing. Here is one of those videos:

Go to the MSFC YouTube channel, scroll back to 2018 and watch those Archival films. They are amazing, even from a film production standpoint.

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21 Responses

  1. SmarterEveryDay says:

    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: 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:

    • iLLeag7e says:

      Hey man thanks for bringing me awesome tours and interviews with people who 100% encourage me to get smarter every day

    • Brad Gibson says:

      Thank you, Destin for spending the time to introduce us to the man as well as his work. Love this guy! Great episode 👏, thank you.

    • M R says:

      “The Heavens declare the Glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” Psalm 19:1

      Correct! And it’s great that you emphasize the Bible EVEN at the point when most people already stopped watching your video, so the reverence for the Creator is like a hidden advertisement.

      But this space program’s insane workload and senseless waste of fuel brought glory to man – not to the Creator of the universe. What did Mr. Armstrong say when he stepped on the moon? Was he talking about his Creator? Did the inhabitants of Flat Earth keep quiet then? Did the theory of evolution come to an end? No. But nowadays our young people are taught selective listening in our schools: They are told one assumption after another about the theory of evolution, but these ASSUMPTIONS turn into PROVEN FACTS in their mighty brains. So they laugh and mock when talking about the Creator.

      If only, Destin, you would make a video about the discovery of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 “The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 was awarded jointly to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar “for mechanistic studies of DNA repair” Destin … If only you would dare to ask: How could a living cell remain alive for the millions of years that were needed to develop a “toolbox” capable of maintaining the integrity of the DNA molecule, when environmental factors exposed the cell and DNA with constant “bombardment” to accumulate errors in the data? The cell didn’t know how to develop that device before the threat appeared, so how did it survive before the completion of that vital device without its inheritance falling into complete chaos on the same day?

    • PaulE _ says:

      Thank you, Luke! Thank you too, Destin!

    • Cody Banks says:

      Yeah I really like this guy, he’s amazing, in character and intelligence. There’s a reason he made it to NASA.

  2. Chuck B says:

    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.

  3. ken dalton says:

    Wow what a great man. I could listen to him all day too, I think I’ll be going straight to the second channel right away so I can watch the longer version ☺️.. loved this longer video, love all your vids haha. Hope u had a great Christmas Destin and family. And a Happy New Year 👍🏼

  4. Svchin says:

    The first thing I do after I get email from Smarter Everyday channel about a new video, I just clear my other work, strap in and go for a fun, knowledge filled, ride. Such a good thing going on in my life. And it’s Destin to thank for. Please never stop bringing these videos to us. Thank you. And yeah what a charming, humble guy Luke Talley is.

  5. Matthew Dean says:

    In my opinion, this always has been the greatest channel on YouTube!! Wonderful!

  6. Jonathan Wilburn says:

    I’d pay GOOD money for a one on one tour like this it’s awesome to get it here for free, but I’d still love to do it in person.

  7. Millsinaz says:

    Thank you. This was amazing. We have all said the familiar phrase explaining a simple task “it doesn’t take a rocket scientist…….”, but in this case it really does take a rocket scientist.

  8. Chris Leggatt says:

    Appreciation for all the youtubers bringing space science closer to home, thankyou, it is empowering to feel the understanding being shared

  9. Andy Spicer says:

    Brother, that may be the best thing I’ve ever watched on YouTube. Really fantastic. Well done.

  10. Aug L says:

    10 seconds after this man started speaking, you can tell he knows his stuff. What an incredible individual, with an incredible story. Thank you for all the hard work, Mr. Talley. Your efforts inspired millions of people around the world. It will be remembered for the rest of human history.

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