12 of the World’s Most Insane Engineering Marvels

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  • Published on:  Sunday, March 12, 2017
  • 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

    1. ISS

    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.
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  • Marco Palhano

    Marco Palhano


    0:45 Damn

  • Pieter Uys

    Pieter Uys

     2 days ago

    Do we really need that background music? Narration is really poor and very irritating!

  • BigBoys Biscuits

    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

    lazy coconut

     21 days ago

    This backing music sounds like a autist learning to play the bass

  • Buster Biloxi

    Buster Biloxi

     21 days ago

    Hubble didn't discover any planets. Jackass!

  • Rusty Pudder

    Rusty Pudder

     21 days ago

    Shasta Dam?! Bye Felicia!

  • heyidiot


     21 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

    t u

     21 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

    Sohaib Abbasi

     21 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
    HELP ME!

  • Charlie W

    Charlie W

     21 days ago +1

    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 +3

    good grief the music is distracting and putting me to sleep at the same time.

  • ivygarden


     28 days ago +2

    What an amazingly boring presentation

  • John Burns

    John Burns

     1 months 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.



     1 months ago +1

    Sorry cant watch any more, that fucking bass music is really SHIT!

  • Forrest Allison

    Forrest Allison

     1 months ago

    This is cool but there are just way too many innacuracies

  • Ted Bates

    Ted Bates

     1 months ago

    I have a large HARDON collider.

  • Nz Farmer1

    Nz Farmer1

     1 months ago +2

    Man this is full of inaccuracies

  • Notti


     1 months 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 months ago +1

    Neil degrass isn't a real physicist. Get your facts straight.

  • Ro'ber Harpane'

    Ro'ber Harpane'

     1 months 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..