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: ruvid.net/video/video-7bUUGzi-AAY.html
Active Galactic for footage of craters in Arizona: ruvid.net/video/video-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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Jul 19, 2019




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Ricardo Milos
Ricardo Milos 7 hours ago
This is were nuketown was made
Pararell Plu
Pararell Plu 8 hours ago
The moon is earth a couple billions years ago Thiea collided with earth the remains of the earths dust formed and created the moon I don’t know what it is so I’m just calling it dust
WILFRED1184 23 hours ago
So the Earth is ~4.5B years old since the astronomical event that cause the moon to form. The universe is ~14B years old. Life evolved to the state that is in roughly 1/3 of the life of the universe. Who is to say that we are the first intelligent life forms on Earth? How do we know that there wasn't another that was obliterated by the event that cause the moon to form?
Tech Point
Tech Point Day ago
Americans destroyed our planet Earth
amSEC 3 days ago
Lol, people still believe in moon landing
Juan dela Cruz
Juan dela Cruz 6 days ago
the next one is Hiroshima bomb
atrejuc 7 days ago
Finally someone who knows how to pronounce Nevada
Ryan Bro
Ryan Bro 7 days ago
I love these vids
trmk12 7 days ago
It is not where they "trained", it is where they filmed
maulCS 7 hours ago
Moron detected.
wcj gibbs
wcj gibbs 5 days ago
Piss off
Shork 8 days ago
Alex.shanahan 8 days ago
Nuke town 2025
Live higher
Live higher 8 days ago
So they have a globe of the moon with name locations but dont know anything else about it? Ok buddy
Live higher
Live higher 8 days ago
Its easy to name things with out knowing but they had more than enough years to find out more
Hayden Dlugolecki
Not true, when they “put the rocks in the module” they never let the rocks come in contact with oxygen cause they had a certain material bag that was then sealed tight, but all that is fake seeing that we didn’t go to the moon 😂
Hayden Dlugolecki
Nobody went to the moon
Juice Of Territory
I don’t think he knows that the moon landing was fake
Enough BS
Enough BS 7 hours ago
I don't think you know just how much of a complete idiot you are.
EvanZ 9 days ago
Rhode Island? Me when I think I’m from rhode: 😧😧😳😳😳😳
TheLastMcLaren 9 days ago
11:00 flat earth confirmed
GGG 6 9 days ago
All fake, NASA is full of crap, never went to the moon. Stanley Kubrick filmed the moon landing. Are they going to land on the sun next?
Enough BS
Enough BS 7 hours ago
I hope one day you realize what an absolute moron you are.
50k subs without any vids Challenge
So the earth was much begger since somthing took a chunk out????????????
Thanos Naked
Thanos Naked 10 days ago
is that freddie mercury?
Bombing PKO
Bombing PKO 10 days ago
A real human cant go to moon and does in moon wind? No So the moon video is fake
Parallel Force ッ
Parallel Force ッ 10 days ago
2:00 ohh so that’s how Nuk3town was made hmm that’s pretty cool
Parker's Full Throttle Adventures
I thought he stepped on the moon 4 days later because they were launched on that day and it takes 4 days to get to the moon
Tripwire Gamer
Tripwire Gamer 11 days ago
Veritasium:Buzz Aldrin Subtitles:Buzz Lightyear
The Whisperer
The Whisperer 11 days ago
And then there's flat earth conference.
Kezia Jiao
Kezia Jiao 11 days ago
Just imagine the people behind this video have to get all permits for all the videos included in here.
Man in the Park
Man in the Park 12 days ago
If the Apollo Astronauts got stuck on the moon, my biggest worry would have been lack of oxygen. Because they would have had enough cheese to last a lifetime.
Man in the Park
Man in the Park 12 days ago
They practiced and recorded in the same spot. If you think they actually went to the moon and then “lost” the technology to get there, then I see why you push the Climate change billion year propaganda.
mat730ify 13 days ago
When you play Minecraft and plant so much TNT 🧨
Faris Ahmad
Faris Ahmad 13 days ago
every minecraft player at 3:03 : TNT fRoM MinECrAFt!
Brandon Burns
Brandon Burns 15 days ago
What if people used giant rocks for orbital strikes😭
Mcdo nalds
Mcdo nalds 15 days ago
Dick gordon...
David Seng
David Seng 16 days ago
The closed captions says Buzz Lightyear lolol
CaptainMorgan 16 days ago
USA not going to moon.
crazyvidz CV
crazyvidz CV 18 days ago
Who in their right mind would go and check out a nuclear bomb crater? This bloke went feral! lol
H7r S7sbe
H7r S7sbe 20 days ago
When (we) ????
Dude Bros
Dude Bros 20 days ago
*HEY DUMMY!!!!* the moons made of cheese
Patrick D
Patrick D 22 days ago
Plot twist-Meteorites are the nuclear bombs of 👽.
Saul Savelis
Saul Savelis 23 days ago
but none was on the Moon
Speed of Smoke
Speed of Smoke 24 days ago
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