From Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope to Hong Kong International Airport here are 12 of the World’s Most Insane Engineering Marvels.
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6. Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope
Along with the Hubble Space Telescope Chandra is one of NASA’s most advanced space observatories. Chandra has advanced astronomers knowledge of stars, galaxies, black holes and the origin of life inducing elements. It was appropriately and fittingly named after Indian-American astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, whose work on black holes earned him a Nobel Prize in physics in 1983. Originally launched in 1999 the observatories longevity and scientific value has made it one of NASA’s most successful missions. In 2014 Chandra observed the awe-inspiring Tycho supernova remnant, which was created by the explosion of a white dwarf star.
5. Shasta Dam
Stretching mightily across the Sacramento River in Northern California construction of the Shasta Dam took place from 1938 to 1945. Once completed it would back up water for over 35 miles to form Shasta Lake, California’s largest reservoir and a place that is visited by millions of vacationers annually. Frank Crowe, who had just helped finish the Hoover Dam oversaw the entire project, which included 4,700 workers building what was the second largest concrete dam in the country. Twelve million tons of gravel was needed for the project. Luckily a substantial supply was located in the nearby city of Redding. To transport this large quantity of gravel the world’s longest conveyor belt was constructed. It was 9.6 miles long and operated 24/7 for several years.
4. Millau Viaduct
Soaring high above the clouds, the world was captivated by the Millau Viaduct when it opened in December 2004. The idea that the viaduct only took three years to build is almost as astounding as the bridge itself. Towers on the incredible structure rise to a height of one thousand one hundred and twenty-five feet, making it the tallest bridge in the world. Seven pillars weighing 700 tons each were built for the project that had to be placed in exactly the right place for the bridge to be a success. Multiple satellite signals were used to help pinpoint the right spots for the pillars to be placed. Bridge specialist Michel Virlogeux and renowned British architect Norman Foster were employed to design the Millau Viaduct which is widely regarded as an engineering marvel that has no equal.
3. Hubble Space Telescope
Anytime you hear news about a new distant star or planet found in outer space it was likely discovered with the use of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has rested in low Earth orbit since 1990. It's named after Edwin Hubble, who took the largest telescopes of his day to the Mt. Wilson Observatory near Pasadena, California and discovered countless unknown planets and galaxies in the 1920’s. Experts have published over fourteen thousand scientific papers using data from the space telescope, making it one of the most productive instruments of science in history. At launch, it weighed twenty-four thousand pounds, and today it is twenty-seven thousand pounds and 43.5 feet long.
2. Hong Kong International Airport
Though the Kansai International Airport in Japan was the first to be entirely built on an artificial island when it opened in 1994, it lies on soft land that has been sinking much more quickly than anticipated, ultimately making the project a potentially colossal failure. The Hong Kong International Airport went a lot better. The project took six years and around twenty billion dollars to build making it one of the biggest projects in the aviation industry. It lies on Chek Lap Kok, an island that is mostly made of land reclaimed for the construction of the airport. The 24-hour airport is one of the busiest in the world and holds one of the Earth’s largest passenger terminal buildings
The International Space Station is not only the largest human-made object in orbit, but it also represents a collaboration of nations around the world. Five space agencies (NASA, Russia’s Roscosmos (ross cosmos), the European Space Agency, The Canadian Space Agency and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) representing fifteen countries were involved in constructing the one hundred billion dollar station. The structure was taken and built piece by piece in orbit and has been continuously occupied since November 2, 2000. Current plans call for ISS to be in operation until 2024, by which time some of its first components will be nearly three decades old.
Do we really need that background music? Narration is really poor and very irritating!
BigBoys Biscuits (14 days ago)
Chinese make dam: Bad for environment
French make important scientific research centre: Kill us all with black holes.
Americans dump oil in lake to kill wildlife: Amazing engineering feat:
Im sensing a possible bias...
lazy coconut (22 days ago)
This backing music sounds like a autist learning to play the bass
Buster Biloxi (23 days ago)
Hubble didn't discover any planets. Jackass!
Rusty Pudder (24 days ago)
Shasta Dam?! Bye Felicia!
heyidiot (25 days ago)
Did this guy say "...KERN collider complex..."? (1:43) Yep, he said KERN... Interesting choice. I can only assume he's never heard anyone else pronounce the acronym CERN before: https://youtu.be/m05mED1mA7Q?t=6
t u (25 days ago)
What the hell? they destroyed the only coral reef, and there was plent of space on the sides where they built that, retards
Sohaib Abbasi (25 days ago)
i am a pre-engineering student and i am beginning to think engineering is to complex of a field to go ahead with
Zephyr (24 days ago)
Every unfathomable task can be reduced to a series of smaller achievable tasks.
Charlie W (27 days ago)
The fear about the LHC was more media frenzy and paranoia than anything scientists were seriously scared of. They don't want to die either and if there was actually that risk they wouldn't have gone ahead. I highly doubt Hawking would have been scared by it, as his work was largely about black holes, including 'Hawking radiation' - that black holes eventually evaporate and the smaller the faster. It's not likely that they could create a black hole anyway, and any which they did create would be so tiny that they would disappear in less than a trillionth of a second.
The-Mike_D (28 days ago)
good grief the music is distracting and putting me to sleep at the same time.
ivygarden (29 days ago)
What an amazingly boring presentation
John Burns (1 month ago)
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine linked the mosquito with malaria and other diseases. They also developed the quinine to counter the disease. They are said to have built the Panama Canal.
SALZOPYRIN (1 month ago)
Sorry cant watch any more, that fucking bass music is really SHIT!
Forrest Allison (1 month ago)
This is cool but there are just way too many innacuracies
Ted Bates (1 month ago)
I have a large HARDON collider.
Nz Farmer1 (1 month ago)
Man this is full of inaccuracies
Forrest Allison (1 month ago)
it REALLY is! It's sad because I think they set out to do a good thing but yes, there are just a lot of factual errors.
Notti (1 month ago)
This video is full of disinformation and makes me cringe. Just to get some views without doing proper homework. Multiple things aren't correct in this video. "The channel took 200 years to complete the channel." The idea or proposal are maybe 200 years old but it only took about 6-7 years since the first drilling/boring. There are many other things in this video thats wrong... Too bad this video got more likes than dislikes. Shows how many stupid pieces of shit sheople there are...
Notti (1 month ago)
Neil degrass isn't a real physicist. Get your facts straight.
Ro'ber Harpane' (1 month ago)
The Falkirk Wheel gets my vote winning the whimsical award of all these technical engineering marvels. It reminds me of a giant wristwatch working in perfect unison allowing those vessels through it's perfectly aligned locks. I'm not sure just how necessary it was but it's an astoundingly unique piece of work standing all by itself in it's category of movement. The fact it's all suspended really impresses as to how the original engineers even contemplated such a work. Absolute proof the mind is a terrible thing to waste when it has the lurking capacity to come up with ideas such as this. Imagine how wonderful our world would be if the all of humanity applied themselves assigned in endeavors such as these in lieu of pilfering & raping our planet for personal gain.
If I had a do-over in life it would be to follow obtaining financing to build a bubble city with perfectly piped in environmental controls,, specific dietary needs & biological balance to monitor a "perfect living environ" to record the impact on longevity & quality of life within. I can't imagine why the filthy rich like Bezos,, Gates,, the Koch bros. & Larry Ellison can't come together to finance such an experiment..
Tony Romano (1 month ago)
Shut up! 🤣😂🙄
Carlo Berruti (1 month ago)
Pictures of environmental destruction at min. 00:29 are certainly not from Dubai (lush jungle on the background and a building that is nowhere near there). Why this superficiality?
Bryan C (1 month ago)
Where is the engineering part of this video?
ngc4594 (1 month ago)
okay... You have no idea what hubble telescope actually does do you? (dumb question since your description in the video is wrong)
Thomas Jamison (1 month ago)
Not malaria in Panama, Yellow Fever!!!
tt T (1 month ago)
Have to watch this video with sound off because of distracting music.
Charles Fortescue (1 month ago)
It really GALLS me when people use the term "insane" with regards to engineering... especially when those projects turn out to be very useful. What's "insane" about that?
Marlin Gilmartin (1 month ago)
Omfg can you list something without giving the whole its destroying the planet?
B Redfern (1 month ago)
Music and tree hugging BS detracts from the video
Sam Huddy (1 month ago)
No bio basin? Wtf...
England (1 month ago)
ok right so Suez canal was not included but the Panama was
Xan Ax (1 month ago)
But we still can’t figure out how ancient Egyptians built the pyramids
Thomas Pedersen (1 month ago)
Good video, but please use metric also 😄
Yousef Baradee (1 month ago)
7:04 That is the picture of Kansai international airport not Hong Kong international airport
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Aad Nitraat (2 months ago)
Annoying voice, annoying music,....just annoying.
Tracy Schweitzer (2 months ago)
What a depressing video. You talked bad about almost everything on here.
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Dan Strayer (2 months ago)
in 1904 the US did not began building the canal. The canal was already started by the French, with disastrous results.
Terrence Copney (2 months ago)
The music is waay too loud relative to the voice.
Buck Naked (2 months ago)
Whatever...You should see the portrait of Shia Labeouf that I made from dried pasta.
Sherlock Jones (2 months ago)
Impressive list of projects that would have been a joy to hear about were it not for the style chosen for it's delivery. The commentator speaks well and has an understandable dialect. That is a plus. Regrettably he spoke so fast that it was work attempting to absorb everything being said. The second point is your choise of music. Why was there background music in the first place? It was a distraction and had nothing to do with appreciating the engineering works. In fact watching the video for me was irratateing. Sorry I did. Is this an international psyop to fuck with people's mind.
prabhat dubey (2 months ago)
Where is Angkorwat Temple & Chenab Rail Bridge which is taller than Millau?
Nunya _ (2 months ago)
Music is too loud. Why do you guys thing we need music at all? It's super annoying.
umberceri (2 months ago)
As charles1066ify says the music is distracting, AND the rush of the words from the narrator is distracting also. I just could not watch more than a couple minutes of this because of these two things!
George Jenkins (2 months ago)
Who is the idiot who thought the annoying music was a good idea???
zasde35 (2 months ago)
You forgot this one !
The Maeslantkering - Hoek van Holland
لياس بورحلة (2 months ago)
كليتو البلاد يا السراقين
Joe (2 months ago)
Quit watching when you kept talking about the environment this and that. Keep your politcal shit out of the video.
Wonton Soup (2 months ago)
Besides the ISS the LHC is easily the greatest thing ever built by humans. If you actually understand the science and math that goes into accelerating protons to 99% of light speed using magnets to smack em together you would understand the scale of that project. And the fact that it is 27 miles long and occupies two different countries
K Spear (2 months ago)
All these brain washed environazis and sky is falling alarmist get so old. Planet will be fine long before , during and after we are gone.
Ron Mattingly (2 months ago)
God said "we will confound their language because man can do anything they imagined to do." When they work together as one mind and will.
david rowan (2 months ago)
200 years for the channel tunnel?
Matthew Larkin (2 months ago)
"Here are a bunch of amazing structures that people made...they are all evil and are the worst things people could have done." - Narrator
Victor Burton (2 months ago)
Somehow the production and narration makes it all trite and very boring. I reported it. THUMBS DOWN
berlinda quartey (2 months ago)
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Loh Diwei (3 months ago)
The CERN (pronounced sern, not kern) collider does not create energy. It uses energy.
Mad Jim Jaspers (2 months ago)
He means the observation of particle collision and the release of energy. Law of Conservation.
Buff Barnaby (3 months ago)
Why no South American space agency or African ? LOL
Buff Barnaby (3 months ago)
Large Hardon Collidor...biggest orgasm ever.
Buff Barnaby (3 months ago)
Dubai will be poor when people stop using petrol.
Oussama Brik (3 months ago)
Music background too loud
otto leeverink (3 months ago)
right now there are plans of building an even bigger particle collider!
Typical K!wi (3 months ago)
These videos are so shit now. Rushed and seems to be running out of ideas.
Giorgio Bottura (3 months ago)
It would have been nice to have the metric system also used in the video :-)
Adam Burton (3 months ago)
Falkirk wheel rotation takes 5 minutes, you need to add 10m for the two locks. Its' a modern design , it does not take one hour - what a joke!
Gustavo Serrano (3 months ago)
So I see I wasn't the only one who had trouble keeping up lol. Hope he isn't this annoyingly fast in real life
Kelly Menefee (3 months ago)
Dude, where’s the fire? You rushed through that so quickly it was hard to understand. Great idea, the info I did hear was very interesting, just slow down!!!
The Bolwarracolt (3 months ago)
Did you like at least one project ?
Shaun O'Loughlin (3 months ago)
Number 2 on the list is named the Hong Kong international Airport BUT its the Kensai Airport in JAPAN!!!!
Robert Mugabe (3 months ago)
i think building the moon was the best thing we done
Wouter Faes (3 months ago)
Ok the big huge dams being build and creating some huge shit , that i believe . Because all of the problems are actually on the surface . CERN on the other hand ( OH NO WE CREATE BLACK HOLE OHNONO ) ye no .. dont believe in this stuff . Yes black holes are real , and at some point in time our earth has to deal with this , but by the time this MIGHT happen that a black hole is even close to our so it does get into its gravity we either figured away around it and just make an energy source OR we are all dead . It is that easy . Humans live to make it the power source , or we are dead
jonathan stentz (3 months ago)
The LHC is located around Geneva not Basel...
TheLimeyShooter (3 months ago)
Unwatchable due to the music sadly.
JanSteen Steen (3 months ago)
How about the Deltawerken? And how about Flevoland? This is quite a superpower fixated top 12.
Wouter Faes (3 months ago)
Great , what if the nukes go around the world ? You think all that matters ?
Michael, Simon Giesbrecht (3 months ago)
Really this is just for entertainment. I dont find it entertaining to be lead astray or tricked Im unsure to how anyone would find that to be entertaining. I guess maybe its like seeing someone trivially hurt themselves and finding it funny but only if it isnt serious. This kind of video creates fear. Again not entertaining. At least your not telling people to go and wreck a bunch of valuables to get free internet for example. Costing them real money and time only to be told in the end its not real. Like wow that is almost as bad as people bragging about how they actively knowingly contributed to killing trees to the tune of a million a year or tried to save a animal after first hearing it in distress for hours Its unbelievable how ignorant and hypocritical humans are still 8 billion. That is just the ones we have been able to count. People wonder howcome the world is having Tsunami after earthquake after flood and repeat Half of us rest every day. So all our weight stands still for up to average 8 hours. How much pressure builds up and is released daily Obvious to me howcome our planet seems to be under attack. Its because it is What does almost every organism do when it gets hot Well get ready and prepare because Like ultron said she is winding up
Shah Ali Faizan (3 months ago)
Extremely misleading and biased. Everything built by Europe and China has concerns and all things US made are Numbers, Costs and Achievement
Corrine Tsang (3 months ago)
China is building a maglev train at a designed speed of 600 km/hr..Huawei is building a 5G I-phone
Wynchell Abanes (3 months ago)
Too much misleading and wrong information. Get your facts straight please.
Dude (3 months ago)
The palm islands are the largest man-made islands ever built? Uh, maybe they need to take a trip to the South China Sea and see what China has built.
Wasted waster (3 months ago)
Jesus. The music makes this unwatchable.
King Cong (3 months ago)
Ralph (3 months ago)
he sounds like Kermit the frog
Paul Temple (3 months ago)
Music is too loud.
Bruce Maloy (3 months ago)
Nothing like a bunch of half truths.
Richard Harrison (3 months ago)
The Panama Canal was in fact started but not completed by Frenchman Ferdinand de Lesseps. The same guy who built the Suez Canal. Yes it was competed by American but it is important to point out the difference. And as for the 200 years to build the channel tunnel so much mis information the finished tunnel was in no part the same tunnel as the one started 200 years earlier, just the idea and concept was 200 years old.facts are only facts if they are true and accurate..
Brant Lambermont (3 months ago)
What possibly draws a Fuck the environment Trump lover to this albeit flawed for other reasons video. The cheeto is strong in these trolls.
Laxman Aadhi (3 months ago)
That BGM sucks🙁
MrGtoriginal (3 months ago)
Between your annoying voice and that equally annoying background music, I can't take anymore after less than 3 minutes. The US Army should consider using this to interrogate POWs.
papajohn fitbyfaith (3 months ago)
Environmental agenda not appreciated
Pierre (3 months ago)
wtf music too loud
GLOgan GJA (3 months ago)
You’re obviously a Democrat
RogerWilco (3 months ago)
No mention of either the Delta Works, or the Flevopolder.
I am disappointed.
Kerry Smith (3 months ago)
What's with the music? Can't hear anything else.
Mohit Mishra (3 months ago)
Background music is irretating
joe poor (3 months ago)
great video ,,,music sucks
cynthia rouse (3 months ago)
Marvin Bediako (3 months ago)
I had to mute this and only follow the images.. wtf is that background music
Bradley Killen (3 months ago)
The ISS is the biggest waste of money in human history.. still exploring the technologies to eventually leave low earth orbit.. like we didnt land on the moon 6 times between 69 and 74....
fuldk (3 months ago)
The Shasta Lake dam is going to be enlarged to 16 feet taller roughly 2 meters