Scott Manley

Scott Manley

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Scott Manley is perhaps best known for his space-themed YouTube channel where he teaches the math and minutia behind rocket science and commentates while playing video games such as Kerbal Space Program. Over the last decade, his videos have generated over 250 million views and attracted almost 1 million subscribers. He addresses questions such as: “Can you see a laser pointer from the ISS?,”  “Why do so many American rockets use Russian engines?,” “What is a Hoverslam?,” “Is Elon Musk’s latest idea feasable,” and “Why did that rocket explode?”. 

He grew up in Scotland and spent a decade in academia studying astrophysics and computational physics at the University of Glasgow and worked at Armagh Observatory focusing on small bodies in the solar system and specifically the probabilities of collision and worst case scenarios. Scott left research in 1999 to work in the technology industry in California where he resides with his fantastic wife (who wrote this bio) along and their two children who sometimes appear in his videos. Some of his other passions include artisinal beer and closing all three rings every day. Recently Scott had the honor of having a planet named after him (33434) Scottmanley.