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NASA's Robotic Lunar Lander - Smarter Every Day 252

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  1. SmarterEveryDay


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    • Man4man Jr.

      Man4man Jr.

      15 ימים לפני

      @Akash Das oo

    • MonkeyspankO


      19 ימים לפני

      Have the software support the human, but not replace totally. If its a drone, thats a different matter. But if there's a meatbag in the flightseat, you need to have human over-ride.

    • the bystanderd

      the bystanderd

      21 יום לפני

      Please do rail guns... I know the military has one in development lol

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      28 ימים לפני

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  2. Moein Taherkhani

    Moein Taherkhani

    5 שעות לפני

    About options for controlling the lander, I'm hoping that in the near future, with the surge in brain-computer interface technology (Thanks to Neuralink mostly!) it'll be feasible to control a lander (or many other semi-autonomous systems for that matter) merely by brain signals.

  3. Guido Haverkort

    Guido Haverkort

    19 שעות לפני

    16:44 that felt like a music festival openings sequence

  4. Teddy


    יום לפני

    Me a ksp intellectual: *WASD*

  5. William Andrews

    William Andrews

    יום לפני

    Hey Dustin, is it possible to take say something similar to bungee cord attached to the top of the lander and apply just enough tension to simulate the different gravity of different planet's? just for the practice landing/flying

  6. Andy C

    Andy C

    2 ימים לפני

    Hydrogen peroxide used for the might eagle was also used as a fuel for the Me 163 and the German type XVII submarine

  7. Michael Zdanis

    Michael Zdanis

    2 ימים לפני

    Obviously these are some very smart people working on this project. But the number of checks and the incredible focus on safety above all else is why Elon Musk and SpaceX are eating NASA's lunch. They've just bought a big enough piece of property and are willing to crash some, or even a lot, of prototypes in order to move fast. Witness Starship.

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  10. I SEE You

    I SEE You

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  11. Mohamed Rezine

    Mohamed Rezine

    4 ימים לפני

    are u trying to convince me that Neil Armstrong managed to control MANUALLY his landing on the moon by using 60s technology?

  12. Erwin Bordallo

    Erwin Bordallo

    4 ימים לפני

    Thanks, Destin, for all the great videos you provide. I'm intrigued every time I tune in! Keep up the fantastic work!

  13. Watchmakuh


    4 ימים לפני

    Flute anything with enough water and it would be safe....eventually

  14. TheNiteinjail


    5 ימים לפני

    use the best took for the job... humans hand flying a vehicle is probably a long way down the list of being the best tool for that job.

  15. Quatrix


    5 ימים לפני

    I think the EGC thruster concept is really cool, but I don't understand how it would work at different attitudes? Wouldn't it's thrust vector introduce sideways drift as the vehicle tilts? Like, if you subtract the EGCT force vector from the gravity vector you should get a "simulated gravity vector". But since the EGCT vector rotates with the vehicle, the simulated gravity vector would appear to not point straight down all the time. Is that dealt with in software? If so, why use a EGCT at all and not just do the entire gravity spoofing in software?

  16. tsartomato


    5 ימים לפני

    when software creates a catastrophic mistake it's because of a bug when human creates a catastrophic mistake it says "trust me i know what i'm doing"

  17. S Games

    S Games

    5 ימים לפני

    How is this new? The first lunar landing and soft landing where both by the Soviet Union back in the day.

  18. Corey A

    Corey A

    6 ימים לפני

    Why not do a physical lander robot with a remote simulated cockpit so the LLTV dangers are eliminated?

  19. Martin Link-Cole

    Martin Link-Cole

    6 ימים לפני

    Please make a video about your family

  20. Gustav Calder

    Gustav Calder

    7 ימים לפני

    The legend says in 20 years NASA is still trying to return to the Moon.

  21. Israel Martinez

    Israel Martinez

    7 ימים לפני

    So that's why they named Cooper like that in Interstellar, and that's also why the climax of most of it is Humans(Copper) overriding computers(TARS) for the toughest parts and getting computers to act as an appendix of the genius of humans. That was deep. Copper Harper Test. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Remco Booy

    Remco Booy

    7 ימים לפני

    @15:09 the old man with the bag of chips...LOL...

  23. Edward Wu

    Edward Wu

    8 ימים לפני

    Love the use of female pronouns! Creating an environment to encourage more women to join the domain. You're awesome

  24. Jack Rothrock

    Jack Rothrock

    8 ימים לפני

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  25. David N

    David N

    8 ימים לפני

    It will melt your face

  26. zapfanzapfan


    8 ימים לפני

    16:45 That thing has a good beat, kind of like a steam engine... which it sort of is :-)

  27. Keatrith Amakiir

    Keatrith Amakiir

    8 ימים לפני

    "Just the nitrogen pushing on the peroxide. Real simple".....................

  28. Kornpatch


    8 ימים לפני

    People wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on something that could be simulated by a computer program, why don’t design a lunar lander simulator

    • reinis z9

      reinis z9

      6 ימים לפני

      are you an idiot almost sim is completely correct

  29. Blake R

    Blake R

    9 ימים לפני

    1960's: Decide to go to the moon and do it in less than 10 years. 2010's-2020's: Decide to return to the moon, and spend 10 years trying to understand how a lander works. And go woke referring to prospective lander pilot as "she." What would Elon Musk say. Speed up, you move too slow, you gotta make it to the show. NASA has become a bloated unaccountable govt bureaucracy. The shot of the fat guy sitting watching while eating junk is emblematic of what NASA has become. When NASA was put in charge of studying surface of Earth, we could see the problem, but nobody objected. What does studying life on Earth have to do with space? Typical fed govt mission creep. Dumber every day? Might make for an interesting episode to address those issues. Yes, I'm trolling you, but for a good reason. Think and share.

  30. ColdSphinX


    9 ימים לפני

    Rule no1: never mumble when saying "the mighty eagle" or people might understand "the mighty evil" 😂

  31. Mark Angel Arcangel

    Mark Angel Arcangel

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  32. Kenton Nigrelli

    Kenton Nigrelli

    9 ימים לפני

    Just use software exclusively, that way it's easier to fake.

  33. jamcdonald120


    9 ימים לפני

    1:10 Not a chance, the computer would do the landing

  34. John Martin

    John Martin

    9 ימים לפני

    Experience of automation in aviation up to the day says that autopilot is more precise than humans, and (most importantly) is more reliable. The only reason a human is needed in the cockpit is when things don't go as planned - the automatics is helpful only in "standard" situations which it has an algorithm programmed for. So the weakness of automation is only in the lack of versatility. But for a very specific mission like a lunar landing, which doesn't have as great variety of scenarios as daily aviation, a good coverage can be achieved easily. Therefore having computers at control at all times *is* the way forward. Training a human to do this job ("just in case") would be a waste of resource. Human skills would be more valuable making high-level decisions (where to land) while leaving the low-level job (how to land) to the machine. So I'd say don't even bother training humans to fly the lander.

  35. Valkyrie


    9 ימים לפני

    You are so good at asking the right questions. I love you're videos

  36. João Vitor M. Roma

    João Vitor M. Roma

    9 ימים לפני

    "It's basically steam" Steampunk gang developing a lunar lander, I'm so proud :')

  37. Sam Middleton

    Sam Middleton

    9 ימים לפני

    Destin literally doesn't age! Insane!

  38. Crazy man

    Crazy man

    10 ימים לפני

    It' Ironic that the video said day 252 but the first day is more then 5 years

  39. HTM Motoring

    HTM Motoring

    10 ימים לפני

    Dude whats the secret?? You dont get old 😂😂

  40. Akshat Sharma

    Akshat Sharma

    10 ימים לפני

    Hey Dustin a request can you please put a lite tune or background song it feels kind a boring without the background song or tunes ?

  41. Fab


    10 ימים לפני

    it's very safe, not toxic at all... 2 minutes later.. "yeah, it will melt your face off" lol - i do it i get it, but just funny..

  42. Niel Venter

    Niel Venter

    11 ימים לפני

    is the earth gravity cancelling throttle gimballed to compensate for the rotation of the craft to simulate gravity downwards irrespective of the vehicles rotation?

  43. Anakin Skyobiliviator

    Anakin Skyobiliviator

    11 ימים לפני

    Like self driving cars, an automated lunar landsr might be favorable but keep the human in the loop!

  44. Michael MacGyver

    Michael MacGyver

    11 ימים לפני

    I'm leaving a comment to interact and show my support of the channel.

  45. Gregory Havenga

    Gregory Havenga

    11 ימים לפני

    That's an inventive use of a couple of TekScope carts at the end - I have one in my office and no, there's not a scope on it anymore ;)

  46. Kirk Harwood

    Kirk Harwood

    11 ימים לפני

    I get your hesitance about stability augmentation, but these systems are highly reliable on aircraft, to the point no pilot wants to turn them off... At least outside of a controlled test. The point is if we want the ability to turn the SAS off, we’re saying we don’t have confidence in it and we need to continue testing and developing the system until we do. At least that’s the perspective of this flight test engineer.

  47. BaHu


    11 ימים לפני

    He looks better with beard

  48. hawkdsl


    12 ימים לפני

    Well... NASA has contracted this out (The lander), so why are they even bothering to use NASA personnel to do these test, when the contractors will have to do this testing on unique to them hardware? Self guidance is going to need a real landing site simulator that is comparable to the Nevada Lunar Test Site. Placing rocks on the ply-wood sheets aint going to cut it. Is there even hardware to test at this time by anyone yet? the first landing is supposed to be in 2024. They better get cracking.

  49. Logan Thomure

    Logan Thomure

    12 ימים לפני

    These landers work so different than quadcopters yet the tests are similiar to how our college multirotor team took each step with our code. It is awesome to see that!

  50. jacob sack

    jacob sack

    12 ימים לפני

    any other climbers watching this? i noticed his t-shirt straight away😂

  51. Jim Payne

    Jim Payne

    12 ימים לפני

    when those thrusters start testing = Oh DANG... Drum Line is about to get SERIOUS!!!

  52. Jeremiah Mauricio

    Jeremiah Mauricio

    12 ימים לפני

    Destin, I'm going to offer you a third option. Why not use the miniatures and test data to develop a simulator? A full motion simulator would allow for a wider variety of simulations, moon, Mars, etc. that would allows us to many more hours of simulation training for astronauts.

  53. Moto Nugget

    Moto Nugget

    12 ימים לפני

    I agree, in Elite Dangerous you have advanced docking computers and super cruise computers that can fly for you, but you'll still need to battle different gravity on different planets and your ship responds far differently in these environments, if you aren't prepared your ship will go smashing into the surface of the planet. It all changes like you said. A highly trained piolet will need to be on that lander to take over if the software fails. Also the way the lander tests its thrusters sounds like its about to drop a sick beat lmao

  54. Chris From SouthAus

    Chris From SouthAus

    13 ימים לפני

    16:55 ME's got rhythm!

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  56. Ivan Sitorus

    Ivan Sitorus

    13 ימים לפני

    Destin : yeah, you are smart, you know whats goong to happen Me : looking through comment to become smart Ps. Im not smart

  57. Nismosaki


    13 ימים לפני

    Prove the earth isn't flat. Finally put these flat earthers to rest!

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  60. R Snow

    R Snow

    13 ימים לפני

    This is NASA now? Where are the suites and ties and horn rimmed glasses and cigarettes and black coffee? These guys look like the work for twitter.

  61. Frank Boschma

    Frank Boschma

    13 ימים לפני

    Where do you find that book? I want to read all about Hydrogen Peroxide into Rocket Fuel.

  62. A M

    A M

    13 ימים לפני

    You need to go to Biosphere 2. And learn about lunar greenhouses. It's in Arizona.

  63. Chris Roubis

    Chris Roubis

    14 ימים לפני

    the space travel hoax continues.. even though NASA admits they cannot fly past low earth orbit. Buzz Aldrin admitted to an 8 year old girl, they never landed on the moon... beat that.

    • HeatsOkay


      9 ימים לפני

      no, they never admitted that. They admitted they have to test their technology past the radiation belts to verify they are well protected before sending men and women up again. Also that argument of "They cant get past LEO" kinda debunks space deniers claims that the ISS cant exist, considering its in LEO. 2 FOR 1 debunk on space deniers 😁

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  65. ayman naes

    ayman naes

    14 ימים לפני

    I think the that the Lunar Lander would be really good the way you explained it. so It should have a sort of Autopilot like in most of the airplanes we fly today where you also can Autoland with them but you also have to have a minimum where you have to disengage the autopilot and hand fly the thing whenever you feel uncomfortable with the Autopilot or in case of an emergency . And this was a great video for someone studying mechanical engineering, aviation aviation enthusiast and space lover. Than you!

  66. Alexander Sannikov

    Alexander Sannikov

    14 ימים לפני

    that thing produces something like 100kg of hot unreacted oxygen. isn't that, like, crazy dangerous?

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  68. Robert K Brooks

    Robert K Brooks

    14 ימים לפני

    I LOVE IT. NASA will love it too. Retired AeroSpace Designer, GEAEGB.

  69. Pokemonmaster529


    14 ימים לפני

    The only place human-controlled systems should be given is in the failure mode where hardware can no longer operate normally and pilots should be trained as such. Humans are too big of a liability, and safety is number one. You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, but let's take risk out with some triple or quadruple modular redundancy, eh?

  70. Graeme Forbes

    Graeme Forbes

    14 ימים לפני

    12:30 So, if we wanted to practice landing on other planets, just adjust that valve?

  71. EVA_Unit_4A


    14 ימים לפני

    The Closed Captions need some work...

  72. Victor Wilson Rizzo

    Victor Wilson Rizzo

    14 ימים לפני

    Hi Destin! I have a question about the EGC thruster... how can it cancel part of the earth's gravity when the lander is going sideways? Does it have thrust vectoring to keep the force in the oposite direction of the gravity pull?

  73. Michael Moore

    Michael Moore

    14 ימים לפני

    Hydrogen peroxide in the environment means a lot of dumb blonde animals.

  74. bkzwolf


    14 ימים לפני

    Does the egc pivot? I couldn't tell

  75. Magnus / spetz

    Magnus / spetz

    14 ימים לפני

    I tried Kiwico because of one of your videos. Unfortunately, Kiwico does not deliver to Norway. I subscibed to their service and over time payed for two crates, they said they sendt 5 or 6 crates over the months I was emailing them back and forth to get it sorted out. But Kiwico kept sending new crates seemingly without checking what had actually happened to all the previous crates... I never received any crates, I stopped emailing them because they would just say that they've sendt another crate for free, which never arrives...

  76. Max anders

    Max anders

    14 ימים לפני

    the question is economical is it realistic training a pilot to land will it be cheaper to lose the pilot and redo this than paying for years of training, in my personal testing its always better to lose a kerbal and just redo the mission

  77. Max anders

    Max anders

    14 ימים לפני

    so u wanna work at nasa? show me your best imitaion of a dinosaur

  78. Unotch


    15 ימים לפני

    Mighty Eagle Program?? Nah ... it's called Kerbal Space Program and probably all of us could land a lunar vehicle by now. ^^

  79. Ferdinand Olan

    Ferdinand Olan

    16 ימים לפני

    Hey Destin, I know I'm a bit Late for Other Video Topics, but I am curious about Kalman-Filter. Or more precisely how do you measure the position of your Spacecraft if you can't trust your measurement. And how Nasa is solving that Problem with new technology. Could be interesting, I certainly would love to hear about it.

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    Sahveer . com

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  81. SuperStewie


    16 ימים לפני

    If the new moon program is anything like the other post shuttle human flight programs, I suspect that if a human has to manually fly it's a bad day. Regardless, they should train to land on the moon however they are going to land on the moon. Back in Apollo that was completely manually. In Artemis, it looks like it's going to be nearly entirely automated.

  82. West Georgia Cornhole

    West Georgia Cornhole

    16 ימים לפני

    I don’t know how often you read these comments , but I watch your videos with my boys every time you publish a new one. Out of all the things God has blessed you with, the thing that always impresses me most is your humility. You are very intelligent, you care about your family, and you have an unceasing desire to learn which is wonderful, but your understanding of who you are in the grand scheme of creation is a rare thing to see. Keep it up :)

  83. Nathaniel Arbizu

    Nathaniel Arbizu

    16 ימים לפני

    Why isn't both software and human landing testing done on a simulator? Is it too difficult to modify a flight sim to do this?

  84. Generator


    17 ימים לפני

    The only problem with the argument that the pilot should fly the lander is that it is far too complex and counter intuitive with no room for error. Even Armstrong didn’t fly it, he gave the lander software the target destination and the software did the flying.

  85. GrafRucola


    17 ימים לפני

    It’s basically steamed hams

  86. Stephen Pauley

    Stephen Pauley

    17 ימים לפני

    QUESTION FOR DESTIN: When you snuff out a candle by putting the lid on it, why does the flame leave the wick and ascend upwards as it goes out?

  87. Leo


    17 ימים לפני

    16:45 Looks like me, 2hours of preparation, 2seconds of pleasure 🤦‍♂️

  88. Blaze2Go


    17 ימים לפני

    im still waiting for the bass drop.

  89. Alan Vermillion Sr

    Alan Vermillion Sr

    17 ימים לפני

    Dual landing systems are a must. Go in on auto, but be ready to take over.

  90. Jacob Ellinger

    Jacob Ellinger

    17 ימים לפני

    this will be my second time asking "this might be a weird question but do subs have procedures for bed bug infestations" and if so what are they?

  91. Jacob Blatnica

    Jacob Blatnica

    17 ימים לפני

    Can you do a video on sonoluminessence with the high speed.

  92. Miss Dee

    Miss Dee

    17 ימים לפני

    Is this guy Young Sheldon the 10 year old genius ( It's a series) XD ? Lol, This is so cool



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  94. Hansa PVP

    Hansa PVP

    18 ימים לפני

    smarter every two weeks

  95. Ben Eells

    Ben Eells

    18 ימים לפני

    I'm glad you referred to the potential landing pilot as "she" it did not go unnoticed

  96. - RedShift -

    - RedShift -

    18 ימים לפני

    Hey Destin! I've got an auditory phenomenon of a science mystery my whole family is curious about solving. Any chance you might be interested?

  97. Sneaky Jay

    Sneaky Jay

    19 ימים לפני

    Have you ever tried looxid link or nextmind? I saw some vids on youtube but since i k you better than these other youtubers i wonder if you can check them out to see if those are for real :). Tyvm

  98. krazziee2000


    19 ימים לפני

    very cool ..

  99. Brewster Burns

    Brewster Burns

    19 ימים לפני

    ‘She’ - good job!

  100. runescaper1333


    19 ימים לפני

    It's always an incredible feeling when you meet someone who speaks the same 'language' with you