Why Apollo Astronauts Trained at a Nuclear Test Site

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Apollo astronauts trained in nuclear bomb craters at the Nevada National Security Site. But why?Thanks Audible! Start listening with a 30-day trial and your first audiobook plus two Audible Originals free when you go to audible.com/veritasium or text veritasium to 500500
I found this story fascinating because in a way a nuclear bomb crater is more like a meteorite impact site than an impact site itself. Consider: Barringer Crater was claimed to be a meteorite impact site but geologists dismissed it as a volcanic formation. It was only after studying nuclear bomb craters and the minerals found there that geologists concluded the energy and pressures that created Barringer Crater were too high to be from volcanic activity and therefore must have formed from a meteorite impact.
Special Thanks to:
Nevada National Security Site
The National Atomic Testing Museum
Jonny Hyman and Verse: jpvid.net/video/%E3%83%93%E3%83%87%E3%82%AA-7bUUGzi-AAY.html
Active Galactic for footage of craters in Arizona: jpvid.net/video/%E3%83%93%E3%83%87%E3%82%AA-yhoooBpndog.html
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Filmed by Raquel Nuno
Story and Editing by Derek Muller and Jonny Hyman
Music and Animation by Jonny Hyman
Produced by Casey Rentz




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Alexander corral ignatyev
are you sure that it's not radioactive?
Whistling Whiskers
Whistling Whiskers 4 時間 前
What's up with all the downthumbers?
Benjamin Rassy
Benjamin Rassy 4 時間 前
They located a nuke 600ft underground, I presume you meant to say deposited lol
David Wayne Choate
David Wayne Choate 7 時間 前
Everyone knows that craters are electrically escavated. And they went to the moon to find out when the moon was last hit by a CME.
Anthony Harding
Anthony Harding 15 時間 前
I find it kind of surreal that they were transporting a nuke in a truck that was just labeled "explosives"
kainpwnsu 19 時間 前
At 2:25, sumply build homes out of whatever the camera tower was constructed, to withstand bombing. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
blue1901 23 時間 前
maybe the earth and moon not "formed together" but they didn't go to the moon in the first place :D ahaaaaaa
Guillermo Hoffmann
now I understand this news: "A purported moon rock given to the Dutch government to commemorate the first manned lunar landing in 1969 has turned out to be only a chunk of petrified wood. The Dutch national museum says one of its prized possessions, a rock supposedly brought back from the moon by U.S. astronauts, is just a piece of petrified wood"......... maybe NASA was concerned that rocks will ignite themselves at the contact with oxygen.....so they decided to give some fake rocks to the dutchies...... :)
Jack Carlson
Jack Carlson 日 前
I hope that dude who drove the truck knew what he was transporting lol also to the people back then thought using a bomb of that caliber, as a tool. You people are insane
serena leung
serena leung 日 前
As a resident of Rhode Island I can hear u people behind the screen saying “WhAT Is RHoDE IsLAnD, you mean BLOCK ISLAND” haha ... actually tho
Duke Silver
Duke Silver 2 日 前
Hmm, so if we set off a nuclear bomb inside of a coal mine would get diamonds?
Nnelg Drahcir
Nnelg Drahcir 2 日 前
Who knew the Millennium Falcon was actually real? 5:52 jpvid.net/video/%E3%83%93%E3%83%87%E3%82%AA-6ppGNuMJ2Kc.html NASA "lets do a recreation of the moon....here" NASA "nothing to see here!"
Colten H
Colten H 2 日 前
Thank you so much for these amazing videos. They are always so well done and informative. Your dedication to this channel means a great deal to me.
smawkm 2 日 前
The biggest lie of the 20th century. The man went to moon
PBMS123 3 日 前
3:35 Chagan Crater is located in Kazakhstan, not Russia. It was obviously detonated within the USSR in the 60s, but that is now Kazakhstan.
Josny13 3 日 前
There were also fears of the lunar dust bringing some kind of diseases with them. The astronauts were prepared and willing to be held captive and die in such a case. So as to not spread it. They were really prepared for many many things. (Including being stranded on the moon and such) As you should when venturing to the unknown. What amazes me about this is how the astronauts were basically giving up on their life before going. Yet returned safely and none of those worst case scenarios happened despite their preparations.
Carl Lee
Carl Lee 3 日 前
Whoever made the English caption, "Buzz Lightyear" really made me burst into laugh. LOL
Michael Taylors
Michael Taylors 3 日 前
What explains the transparent astronaut at the :004 ? Anyone ?
Alex Whitton
Alex Whitton 4 日 前
Dont fall into that crater when raiding Area 51
Glitched Blox
Glitched Blox 4 日 前
11:00 Why is the earth flat?
Noah Joseph FENECH
We seriously gonna deny the truth? Barringer crater is obviously the result of Earth being nuked by aliens
silvestir123 4 日 前
its not a test site, its moon you know
Jeremy photographer
Aw come on man you know the landings were fake!
Pneuma312 4 日 前
Harrison Schmidt on Apollo 17 is a geologist.
James Donaghy
James Donaghy 4 日 前
Very interesting stuff here although also there are some holes in the story. The light coloured deposits shown are expalined as being ejecta from volcanoes outside the mares but that surely makes them very rare finds. Also we have moon rocks landing on earth each year so why did we send fighter pilots to get more samples from the moon? You state that the missions were scientific in nature, but what discovery did science make definitively from them? You repeat the claim that the missions were supposed to make discoveries about the early solar system as well as the formation of the moon. Can you honestly hold that such information was really gathered from Apollo? What was discovered outside of what we already knew? Do you believe all the claims made by Apollo? Do you still believe the moon is as dry as was claimed? Do you believe it is hollow and rung like a bell with seismic resonance when a rocket crashed on its surface? If Apollo was a hoax we are sure to find out soon. It would explain why Van Allen's report stated that radioactive was extremely energetic around earth and that no moon excursions could be undertaken. It would explain how the terrible solar onslaught outside the atmosphere posed no problem for the crew. So many reason to believe apollo was a hoax. Ive made some little vids of my own on that subject. You can view them here, jpvid.net/video/%E3%83%93%E3%83%87%E3%82%AA-Zztbw7MLlkI.html
JERRYKrish M 5 日 前
What is your name
TOXIC_Newtron 5 日 前
Turn on champions at the start they say buzz light-year
Leonardo Cabrera
original interview too.. jpvid.net/video/%E3%83%93%E3%83%87%E3%82%AA-r_Ct6z9tm0M.html CLEARLY LYING.. VOICE SHAKING FOR NO REASON; AGAIN.. ;P also look at the really worried faces of the 3 of them in every moment of the 2 interviews. why is that?
Leonardo Cabrera
was a good 60´s movie.. just admit it, once for all.. yes, was a lie xD anyone interested please watch the video closely, is the original interview the nerves, the tension, the lack of visual contact, the move of the hands.. they were clearly lying or hidding something. 29.00 , 31.50, 48.22 min examples of weird tension and cuts while speaking, .their voices shaking for no reason (the 3 of them, so much nerves and for an interview? narrating an awesome glorious travel to the moon for the first time in human history ???) etcetcetc , common, it just hit the eyes. jpvid.net/video/%E3%83%93%E3%83%87%E3%82%AA-BI_ZehPOMwI.html
Stayton Drake
Stayton Drake 5 日 前
Right astronauts were playing around in nuclear fallout. All this from the guy on bill nye's show. (No longer two genders) (global warming is real) need I say more.
Business Ideas
Business Ideas 5 日 前
11:00 flat earth confirmed
Shaikh Irfan
Shaikh Irfan 6 日 前
Your face with glasses resembles Elon Musk.
sarah finlay
sarah finlay 6 日 前
explain to me how that piddly legged device (which experts say is implausible) managed to land on the supposedly dusty surface of the moon without stirring up any dust? ... also ... who took the pictures of its landing and that famous "first step"? ... why did Neil Armstrong keep saying, "This is unreal" and not much else? .... and what did Buzz say to James O'Keefe when asked to swear on a bible? ... why did it all look like a Star Trek show? ... what happened when Myth Busters tried to duplicate the shadows? ... EH? ... just askin' ....
Kdot Development
Where did the film at 1:43 come from?
Shawn Gayner
Shawn Gayner 7 日 前
Veritasium, italicized i, 42.0 ; truth, is complex, the search for the answer to life, the universe and everything?
fritz reimer
fritz reimer 7 日 前
In the movie, our German are just as smart as the Russian German
Phil Melson
Phil Melson 8 日 前
Wouldn't there be an implosion following an explosion ? thereby filling the hole back in .. .
Michael Alexander
Imagine having to tell your boss you sneezed away the moon dust
Den Smith
Den Smith 8 日 前
You should ask...."Why would NASA astronauts go to a nuclear testing ground where 900 bombs were detonated and the crater they were at was made only 3 years earlier..wearing only blue jeans and shorts?"
VeniVidiIvi 8 日 前
Damage control.
Yume Sekai
Yume Sekai 9 日 前
I can't find any Moon Landing Conspiracy Theorist here. GOOD
Floyd Thompson
Floyd Thompson 9 日 前
They used those sights to fake the moon landings . People knew not to go out there so the wouldn’t get caught faking the moon landings. People wake up .
Party Tomorrow
Party Tomorrow 9 日 前
Yeah I’m starting to regret even mentioning 😒🤔
Super Beast Gamer
2:05 :cod black ops 1-nuke town.
weetjewatikwil1 10 日 前
Its a lie... they were never been to the moon :)
Grimble Grumble
Grimble Grumble 10 日 前
8:50 "aaa-aaachooo......"
mian fazle razik
mian fazle razik 10 日 前
00:02 are those rayban avitors. Have the same.
ANANYA M 10 日 前
I bet this video was made on demand by Raquel and was also sponsored(especially the lunar dust, the lunar globe) by her.
Andreas Hansen
Andreas Hansen 10 日 前
The moon wasn´t melted. Surely, you meant to say it was milk? And then curdled?
Andreas Hansen
Andreas Hansen 10 日 前
That is why we find milk here on Earth too. We´re related.
E-Nonymouse 10 日 前
US Gov actually envisioned creating the highway along the nevada desert using nuclear detonations for um 'excavation purposes'. Lunacy!
escorpiuser 10 日 前
Maybe I missed something but wonder why seems no one in the comments is worry about radioactivity in that site. There is not only one crater, but many of them manmade with nukes...
Fuad Mohamed
Fuad Mohamed 10 日 前
it was mentioned in the quraan 1400 year ago about the explosion that happen
Lelouch Yagami
Lelouch Yagami 10 日 前
What is quraan?
Hane ullim
Hane ullim 10 日 前
Lol I always knew the earth was flat ever since I slipped on an almond
North Georgia
North Georgia 10 日 前
This tells me 2 things: that this is where the filmed the real "moon landing", and that nuclear radiation must not be as bad as they tell us if 900 bombs were detonated there and 40 years later you're walking around without radiation suit. Wonder how much NASA and the DOD paid for him to make this propaganda film.
Silver Spoon
Silver Spoon 10 日 前
4:30 "historical sign" it will be in about 200 years.
D.O.A. 7 日 前
Future people will add a new sign reading "historical sign sign", and it will be a historical sign sign sign.
Noah abrahamsen
Noah abrahamsen 11 日 前
Imagine sand sledding in the crater. 😱😆🤔
RTG The Best
RTG The Best 11 日 前
Who wanted him to go in it
Eso Merik
Eso Merik 11 日 前
Britney Spaulding
How did you get moon dust, i just watched a vid where they had everything in sealed cabinets and were strict about its handling?
U talking about deustin from smarter every day
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner 12 日 前
This is also where they filmed the moon landing
Ferrariman601 12 日 前
*Historical sign sign intensifies*
Anand Saxena
Anand Saxena 12 日 前
Barringer Crater: 10 megaton Tsar Bomba: 50 megaton
Richard Costa
Richard Costa 12 日 前
Such a b.s. explanation of why all of moon's craters are circular. Any projectiles striking at an angle will create an oblong or streak marks.
escorpiuser 10 日 前
Projectiles maybe, but if they EXPLODE when impact the ground, that is a very different scenario. Don't think you can recreate it at home with a piece of chalk and some talcum powder on a plate. Perhaps if you try with some fireworks...
Pineapqles 12 日 前
The moon landing was fake and you can't deny it. Here it proof. jpvid.net/video/%E3%83%93%E3%83%87%E3%82%AA-dQw4w9WgXcQ.html
Daichi Maru
Daichi Maru 13 日 前
anyone here that sometimes gets emotional of how beautifull our universe is? how many details and things to discover, how we manage to overcome the things so we could go to the moan and have a siencelab orbiting in space? And then we're only talking about space and its origins we are researching! what about Evolution and biology? its amazing how such complex procceses can make such a dreamy almost sureal space that we creatures call home. like, no one can come up with that stuff! Even a freakin almighty person, no one can make this complex system by its self...its amazing
poop face
poop face 13 日 前
Hola Maui
Hola Maui 13 日 前
Hey Veritasium, could you do a video on if gravity is different at the equator than it is at the poles due to the rotation of the Earth. And if so, how much would that change be.
victoremorozov 13 日 前
Chagan Crater in Soviet Union, now Kazakhstan
Alysson Duarte
Alysson Duarte 13 日 前
Obrigado pelas informações! Muito bom!
tariq fidaie
tariq fidaie 14 日 前
where did you get the moon dust from
justin h
justin h 14 日 前
1:33 thats a cool photo. I wonder how many moon lander deniers think that was created for the landing "conspiracy"
seddik meddah
seddik meddah 14 日 前
It looks like the moon ...to shoot man to shoot ...then trick fools like me ... actually they go there to the moon...
indobleh 14 日 前
7:22 is a fantastic picture, at the time of writing those named on the right are still alive today, those named on the left are not. It's a great picture taken.
Benny Piaggio
Benny Piaggio 14 日 前
They never been on the moon
Corner - Vlog
Corner - Vlog 14 日 前
Boopy Schmoops
Boopy Schmoops 15 日 前
I love that scientists can be pretty sure the moon was once molten just from little white rocks in their samples, their knowledge is just incredible to me.
jonny boy
jonny boy 15 日 前
Thats wrong. The samples from the moon still to this day never touch oxygen. The astronauts sealed them before bringing on the spacecraft. Also, they did report the smell of gunpowder when the dust on their suits oxidized.
Daniel hermann
Daniel hermann 15 日 前
Art is an explosion
William Singht
William Singht 15 日 前
because it is a closed classified zone. It was there that Stanley Kubrick filmed the landing on the moon without fear that someone would see him. And there is no danger to take photos and compare them with photographs from the moon. After all, the zone is closed
Dark Skull
Dark Skull 15 日 前
0:05 just turn on the subtitles and read it...
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