Blast off with Scott Manley as he discusses his top 1,000 YouTube comments


Produced by Vara Reese, directed by Adam Lance Garcia, edited by Danny Behar. Click here for transcript.

After checking off a bucket list item by doing a video with LGR’s Clint Basinger last month, there was only one place we could go next: to space. And no creator occupies the intersection of space science, gaming, and sheer lunacy quite like engineer and physics master Scott Manley.

Manley’s videos are most often a mix of smarts and charm, delivered in a slow, calming Gaelic cadence. Manley’s videos run the gamut from space tech explainers to game reviews to physics thought experiments, and all points in between. He’s perhaps best known for doing ridiculous things in Kerbal Space Program (something I know a little bit about!). It’s pretty good odds that if you’re an Ars reader who already follows Scott, you were introduced to his channel by a KSP video.

As we’ve done now with a few different YouTubers, we booked some time on Scott’s calendar and then took him on a trip down his own memory lane, pulling up notable and much-upvoted comments from some of his standout videos to see if Scott could tell us a bit about the videos each comment came from. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a student of engineering, Scott’s recall remained excellent—and we learned quite a bit from him not just about physics but also about how sometimes the best-performing videos can be the ones you didn’t even plan on shooting.

We’ve got more of these coming with other Ars-beloved YouTube stars—stay tuned!



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