The Computer that Controlled the Saturn V (Behind the Scenes ft Linus Tech Tips) - Smarter Every Day

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  • Smarter Every Day 2
    Smarter Every Day 2Rok temu

    I would like to point out several things: 1. Luke Talley is awesome. 2. Every single frame of this video requires more memory storage than this memory module is capable of handling. Think about that. 3. This is not the Apollo computer. This is the Saturn V computer. They're different. This steered the rocket. 4. People that support Smarter Every Day on Patreon are make all this happen. If you're watching this second channel video I realize that you're more likely to consider becoming a patron... therefore I will now provide a link in hopes that you consider it. ( )

  • Johnny Gizmo

    Johnny Gizmo

    Dzień temu

    Come a long way

  • Progamer 10191

    Progamer 10191

    4 dni temu




    5 dni temu

    Mom got me the Revell Apollo Saturn V model in the 1960s. I hope its in the house somewhere...



    5 dni temu

    @TheCountessAsuka Amazing! Having that brainpower at a young age is what keeps him going today!

  • Ice de Ocampo

    Ice de Ocampo

    12 dni temu

    Not really for #2 - there will definitely be frames, that will only require a small amount of data due to nature of content the compression applied

  • Mike Zeestraten
    Mike Zeestraten5 godzin temu

    Luke believes in simple language.

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    alfie hood14 godzin temu

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  • The Borg
    The Borg15 godzin temu

    i've watched this video 3 times now and it still amazes me every time. Between just the vast knowledge on so many different subjects and systems, and the spur of the moment humor Luke is really a treasure to see documented. love your work man, keep it up

  • antebellum45
    antebellum4516 godzin temu

    Great video! Pity it was 30 minutes too short!👍🏻👍🏻😇

  • bastedon
    bastedon16 godzin temu

    This is great, just jawing about math with walking history. Mr. Talley is one pleasant fellow.

  • Dreamcyfer
    Dreamcyfer18 godzin temu

    I grew up near Huntsville in Cullman, AL..Luke Talley sounds just like my grandad who passed away a few years ago, accent and especially with the "oh dang those plus c's!!" part! Before he died I started hitting the record on my phone when he told his stories from being a Commando on Iwo Jima and I only wish we'd both started sooner...him telling them and my secretly recording. Now I have that spirit in Luke Talley who was just a bit younger and hence able to give me another piece. There is something special about those old Alabama men both of NASA and even in the woods....always amazed me the true genius dispersed in the wilds of Alabama in the most unlikely of places.

  • Ola Lilliehöök
    Ola LilliehöökDzień temu

    Wouldn't trust Linus holding that thing, are they crazy?

  • Probability Reality

    Probability Reality

    13 godzin temu

    he holding basically a ram memory

  • mike
    mikeDzień temu

    Don't let Linus touch it, he drops everything 😂

  • Bill Seidel
    Bill SeidelDzień temu

    The whole endeavor, makes me wonder how it ever even happened.. So many parts that have work nearly perfectly every time... Yep nice video guys 👍 and Linus was nearly silent.. 🤣🤣

  • jebes909090
    jebes909090Dzień temu

    thats insane. they were at the cusp of low and high technology and it was SOOOO much more work. i cant imagine plotting all that by hand for 2 weeks and then just being, oh thats ok, lets do it all again. what use to take months now takes seconds.

  • Perry
    PerryDzień temu

    You can't make this stuff up. Luke Talley and all that historical equipment. All evidence the USA went to the moon in the 60's.

  • Frank H. Ritz
    Frank H. RitzDzień temu

    Yeah, the old knowledged guys.

  • MrDanayr16
    MrDanayr16Dzień temu

    I know your channel but I didn't know what I was getting into when I started this video. I swear I learned more in this 44 minutes than I did in high school. Fourth time watching. So many personal questions about quantum computing and logic gates just gaps in my thinking was filled by listening to this man think out the work that's already been done

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  • sailoryan
    sailoryanDzień temu

    Wow! I truly am dumbfounded listening to that most amazing engineer.

  • Max Wood
    Max WoodDzień temu

    To get all the way to the moon many of the the calculations were made by NASA's "Human Computer" Katherine Johnson, an African-American Lady who also calculated the trajectory of Alan Shepard's Murcury mission, the first American in space. Computers at that time were merely "clocks" that timed events.

  • Johnny Gizmo
    Johnny GizmoDzień temu

    A module sweat shop lol (I know, not funny) Good interview. I'd never thought he'd sound like that from picture.

  • Rob Walker
    Rob WalkerDzień temu

    20 more years and there will no longer be anyone available that can explain details on the design and operation of the system from first hand experience.

  • Robert O'Neill
    Robert O'NeillDzień temu

    What a fantastic presentation... thank you so much for making and sharing this 🤩 Looks like everyone involved had a great time 🤓👍

  • Spencer Moon
    Spencer MoonDzień temu

    now! that is one coooool guy !!! when you hear the real people who made it possible its not sooo surprising they are BRILLIANT!

  • CJ
    CJ2 dni temu

    Being 39 I think that the progress in computers is just bizarre. Imagine being one of the scientist that actually had to modify and use the computers in the Saturn V. They must see what they have done and what it has become as just pure astonishing light speed progress.

  • Mellio72 - KN4HVX
    Mellio72 - KN4HVX2 dni temu

    One of my favorite videos on the internet. Great interaction between them. Two very smart people. One that enjoys the teaching the way it was done and one who loves learning the way it was done.

  • Brandon Mills
    Brandon Mills2 dni temu

    I have new respect for the whole space vehicle. I have always wondered why space flight costs so much. I remember news reports that NASA needed so much money for continued exploration. These people have worked tirelessly with often very crude instruments to make some incredible things happen. Great video. Learned a lot about how much technical knowledge went into the construction of the Saturn and Apollo mission spacecrafts. I am humbled.

    NULL NULL2 dni temu

    Linus: thinks he is smart. NASA’S Mr.Talley: Hold my slide rule princess.

  • Danny Berne
    Danny Berne2 dni temu

    The perspectives of fish who climb in the trees, seems strange and alien by the ones in the seas. We can't always get the fruit that we want, but it's great to see a fish who won the apple they fought. Thank you

  • Wild Zero
    Wild Zero2 dni temu

    feeling smarter

  • Probability Reality

    Probability Reality

    13 godzin temu

    me too

  • Hansolovz Z
    Hansolovz Z2 dni temu

    i wonder how many republicans would anderstan any of thi?

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    pasisovi2 dni temu

    One small step for a man, one huge lie to the mankind.

  • Johnny Henson
    Johnny Henson2 dni temu

    I felt bad for Mr.Talley- You could feel; he desperately WANTED that module, and you KNOW he'd revere it far more than Linus, who regarded it as an expensive, antique "toy."

  • Q 400
    Q 4002 dni temu

    Nice to listen to someone who has brains.

  • Duncan McKenzie
    Duncan McKenzie3 dni temu

    Greetings from Australia! This is an absolutely fascinating video. I am an Apollo geek from way back and with videos like this can learn even more about the Apollo program, which is undoubtedly the greatest engineering endeavour in history. The ingenuity of the engineers at that time is truly extraordinary. Luke Talley has encyclopedic knowledge of the technical details of the equipment, and it was wonderful to tap his expertise. Thank you very much.

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  • praxis22
    praxis223 dni temu

    C'mon Linus, you cannot tell me you didn't know that was ferrite core memory. I just came from a video about the AGC and I knew it the moment I saw it.

  • Ke3per88
    Ke3per883 dni temu

    Thermodynamics, Urgh. hahahha

  • ThePapabear2012
    ThePapabear20123 dni temu

    This was one of the coolest, most fascinating videos I've come across on PLtoolss in some time. Thanks 👍😊 super cool!

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  • Sherif Elrashidi
    Sherif Elrashidi4 dni temu

    That Man is amazing a true Science Jedi !!!

  • elvis roose
    elvis roose4 dni temu

    omg amercians are back :D

  • Mralabbad
    Mralabbad4 dni temu

    42:25 solid proof that aliens exist right there

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    Ryan Khansary4 dni temu

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  • jsimmonstx
    jsimmonstx4 dni temu

    0) How big would that computer system be using modern technology? 1) Would modern technology be more reliable?

  • Probability Reality

    Probability Reality

    13 godzin temu

    i wish i could make one computer

  • Probability Reality

    Probability Reality

    13 godzin temu


  • Ceceli
    Ceceli4 dni temu

    Linus got it.

    THEUZ LIVID4 dni temu

    He dont wanna say he asks the aliens for help

  • Hansolovz Z
    Hansolovz Z4 dni temu

    Luke Tally wow smarter person is hard to find.

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  • Hansolovz Z
    Hansolovz Z4 dni temu

    just f''''''g amazing

  • Vojislav Ristivojevic
    Vojislav Ristivojevic4 dni temu

    One of the most amazing technical videos I've seen!

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  • Tuguldur Javkhlantug
    Tuguldur Javkhlantug5 dni temu

    Smarted every month

  • rich bagley
    rich bagley5 dni temu

    And 2nd law of thermodynamics proves we are contained. Nobody has been to space. Pressure requires a container.

  • Jackson Boyer
    Jackson Boyer5 dni temu

    Just hearing Luke Talley talking about what they had to do to construct the modules and analyze the data was sooooo fascinating. 50 years after the fact and he still remembers all these details, I can’t believe it. It’s kinda just unbelievable how smart the guy is

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    whitman5 dni temu

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  • Adam Magie
    Adam Magie5 dni temu

    That was awesome.

  • Tyler Nelson
    Tyler Nelson5 dni temu

    I think we as humanity should "Internationally", go to the moon again. So the whole world can see if I'm wrong about a possible American "Embellishment".

  • B9Bot 1
    B9Bot 15 dni temu

    Jaw dropping how they made the Saturn V fly.

  • utooberable
    utooberable5 dni temu

    Destin, my dude this was brilliant. I freaking love this video. Honestly I watched the whole thing. Glad you took the time on it and broke it down and I've watched Linus' videos too, so to see him completely nerd out on it was awesome you could tell those guys were totally relating even though they come from completely different ages!! Again this is great and I'm going to share it..... definitely getting smarter every day bud !!

  • Chris Davis
    Chris Davis5 dni temu

    Good stuff!

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  • Larn Regis
    Larn Regis6 dni temu

    8:30 Now that's real technobabble. Star Trek writers take notes.

  • sageminentjunky 51
    sageminentjunky 516 dni temu

    "How valuable is this?" "I don't know, you'd have to go to antiques road show"

  • Brian Ward
    Brian Ward6 dni temu

    This video is such a treasure. To be able to talk to someone who has such knowledge of that project. It's incredible.

  • garryn123
    garryn1236 dni temu

    ...fibre-optics, copper? That's wires(!!!) Luke...give the kid a break!!!!

  • Probability Reality

    Probability Reality

    13 godzin temu

    what kid? the demon? just need god

  • AtariBorn
    AtariBorn6 dni temu

    And to think, people actually believe the moon landing was a hoax. Compare the historical research, technology and science contained in this one video to anything going on in Hollywood during the same era. They were still filming in front of painted backdrops for f**k sake!

  • Shawn/IO
    Shawn/IO6 dni temu

    what exactly is he holding in his hand. is it THE computer or a replica

  • GH1618


    Dzień temu

    It is an actual module of the actual computer, although not one which was launched. They were not recoverable.

  • Mark Warren
    Mark Warren6 dni temu

    There is something soothing about watching Linus squirm over explanations of computers/computing.🤣🤣🤣 Lookin' like he's eight years old in a candy factory.

  • Steve Brig
    Steve Brig6 dni temu

    Wow... and WOW! Truly informative/entertaining history stuff! Thank you so much. Priceless content now and for sure throughout your kids life, and beyond! Protected your stuff! Store in many places! Thankls !

  • robbelliii
    robbelliii6 dni temu

    He has a mind like a steel trap. I wish I had half that recall.

  • GGGlider
    GGGlider6 dni temu

    Smartest, most understated genius scientist ever and all he wants to do is spend his days at the museum passing on the science he loves.

  • GH1618


    Dzień temu

    Not unusual. Technologists normally remember obscure details about things they worked on.

  • Dylan Davis
    Dylan Davis6 dni temu

    This is cannon

  • Jimmyc Burfield
    Jimmyc Burfield7 dni temu

    Big respect to Luke Talley. Good video regards from the UK.

  • hades
    hades7 dni temu

    First time watching...subbed after watching luke tally what a genius....mind blowing he still knows all this

  • Ceteris Paribus
    Ceteris Paribus7 dni temu

    good thing linus didnt dropped it. 2:00

  • A. Bosch
    A. Bosch7 dni temu

    That was absolutely amazing.

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    A. Bosch7 dni temu


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  • Dr. Barry Cohn
    Dr. Barry Cohn7 dni temu

    What's with the demonic grin on the thimbnail?

  • northy Land
    northy Land7 dni temu

    what about the computers that control space x?

  • Andrian & Adryan
    Andrian & Adryan7 dni temu

    That was a truly fascinating video, especially with all the details from Luke Talley. Thanks was pretty amazing - especially the rocket relics... Thanks again.

  • Matthew beadle
    Matthew beadle7 dni temu

    NASA is responsable for many great advancements but their space program is 100% fake.

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    ZomPaul7 dni temu

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  • Persistence is futile
    Persistence is futile8 dni temu

    Thank you Sir, awesome Information, interesting people. I think i got that recommended because i watch LTT from time to time. Nice to see Linus learning stuff :D

    PROJECT HONDA8 dni temu

    Wish I had the knowledge this man has

  • TXLorenzo
    TXLorenzo8 dni temu

    When Luke saw that computer unit I think he was deciding whether to call security or steal it from you.

  • hades


    7 dni temu


  • Kevin Colt
    Kevin Colt8 dni temu

    I recon a few more minutes and Linus would know more about Saturn V than the people who built it.. hes that type of kid lol

  • Jose Angulo
    Jose Angulo8 dni temu


  • Mickey Williford
    Mickey Williford8 dni temu

    That was an awesome video. I could’ve listened to that guy talk for another 2 hours. Thanks for that

  • Dan Rustle
    Dan Rustle8 dni temu

    do they honestly expect us to belive 1960/70 cpu tech got us to the moon? the iphone can get us their 1000x and back. give me a break

  • Iceayy


    8 dni temu

    dont tell me you think we didnt go

  • Nathan J
    Nathan J8 dni temu

    Linus: And what is this? Experts: thats what is known in Lamens terms wires.

  • gemini5865
    gemini58658 dni temu

    I've just come back and watched this a second time and it's still awe inspiring stuff. I agree with what you said, I have a pretty good memory but, Luke seems to have much of that ingrained in his head. Even though he was a member of a team that researched the data, he still is or needed to be aware of what everything else was, so he had an idea what data he was looking at. absolutely great stuff.

  • scallan74
    scallan748 dni temu

    Great episode...

  • pascal bellerose
    pascal bellerose8 dni temu

    Wow, what an interesting computer science history course by one pretty passionate fellow that makes me want to go to this museum just for a chance to hear him for hours!! Really gets you to realize how important the work done on those mission was for the future of computing. A very important work that was to build those memory modules, threading those nodes with high care, knowing that lives depends on it!! Those people are owed a well deserved recognition! So does Mr. Talley and his team for their huge work of manually analyzing pages of data frames! Thanks for this great 30 min. of history and humility/humanity of computer science !

  • Justin Shanahan
    Justin Shanahan8 dni temu

    Very cool!

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