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.
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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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Duke Silver
Duke Silver 5 hours ago
Hmm, so if we set off a nuclear bomb inside of a coal mine would get diamonds?
Nnelg Drahcir
Nnelg Drahcir 8 hours ago
Who knew the Millennium Falcon was actually real? 5:52 ruvid.net/video/video-6ppGNuMJ2Kc.html NASA "lets do a recreation of the moon....here" NASA "nothing to see here!"
Colten H
Colten H 10 hours ago
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 15 hours ago
The biggest lie of the 20th century. The man went to moon
PBMS123 16 hours ago
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 19 hours ago
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 Day ago
Whoever made the English caption, "Buzz Lightyear" really made me burst into laugh. LOL
Michael Taylors
What explains the transparent astronaut at the :004 ? Anyone ?
Alex Whitton
Alex Whitton Day ago
Dont fall into that crater when raiding Area 51
Glitched Blox
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 Day ago
its not a test site, its moon you know
Jeremy photographer
Aw come on man you know the landings were fake!
Pneuma312 2 days ago
Harrison Schmidt on Apollo 17 is a geologist.
James Donaghy
James Donaghy 2 days ago
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, ruvid.net/video/video-Zztbw7MLlkI.html
JERRYKrish M 2 days ago
What is your name
TOXIC_Newtron 2 days ago
Turn on champions at the start they say buzz light-year
Leonardo Cabrera
Leonardo Cabrera 3 days ago
original interview too.. ruvid.net/video/video-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
Leonardo Cabrera 3 days ago
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. ruvid.net/video/video-BI_ZehPOMwI.html
Stayton Drake
Stayton Drake 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
11:00 flat earth confirmed
Shaikh Irfan
Shaikh Irfan 3 days ago
Your face with glasses resembles Elon Musk.
sarah finlay
sarah finlay 4 days ago
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
Kdot Development 4 days ago
Where did the film at 1:43 come from?
Shawn Gayner
Shawn Gayner 4 days ago
Veritasium, italicized i, 42.0 ; truth, is complex, the search for the answer to life, the universe and everything?
fritz reimer
fritz reimer 5 days ago
In the movie, our German are just as smart as the Russian German
Phil Melson
Phil Melson 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Damage control.
Yume Sekai
Yume Sekai 6 days ago
I can't find any Moon Landing Conspiracy Theorist here. GOOD
Floyd Thompson
Floyd Thompson 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Yeah I’m starting to regret even mentioning 😒🤔
Super Beast Gamer
2:05 :cod black ops 1-nuke town.
weetjewatikwil1 7 days ago
Its a lie... they were never been to the moon :)
Grimble Grumble
Grimble Grumble 7 days ago
8:50 "aaa-aaachooo......"
mian fazle razik
mian fazle razik 7 days ago
00:02 are those rayban avitors. Have the same.
ANANYA M 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
The moon wasn´t melted. Surely, you meant to say it was milk? And then curdled?
Andreas Hansen
Andreas Hansen 7 days ago
That is why we find milk here on Earth too. We´re related.
E-Nonymouse 8 days ago
US Gov actually envisioned creating the highway along the nevada desert using nuclear detonations for um 'excavation purposes'. Lunacy!
escorpiuser 8 days ago
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 8 days ago
it was mentioned in the quraan 1400 year ago about the explosion that happen
Lelouch Yagami
Lelouch Yagami 7 days ago
What is quraan?
Hane ullim
Hane ullim 8 days ago
Lol I always knew the earth was flat ever since I slipped on an almond
North Georgia
North Georgia 8 days ago
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.
Dwayne Saintvil
Dwayne Saintvil 8 days ago
Lets raid the moon there might be Aliens.
Silver Spoon
Silver Spoon 8 days ago
4:30 "historical sign" it will be in about 200 years.
D.O.A. 5 days ago
Future people will add a new sign reading "historical sign sign", and it will be a historical sign sign sign.
Noah abrahamsen
Noah abrahamsen 8 days ago
Imagine sand sledding in the crater. 😱😆🤔
RTG The Best
RTG The Best 9 days ago
Who wanted him to go in it
Eso Merik
Eso Merik 9 days ago
Britney Spaulding
Britney Spaulding 10 days ago
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 10 days ago
This is also where they filmed the moon landing
Ferrariman601 10 days ago
*Historical sign sign intensifies*
Anand Saxena
Anand Saxena 10 days ago
Barringer Crater: 10 megaton Tsar Bomba: 50 megaton
Richard Costa
Richard Costa 10 days ago
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 8 days ago
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 10 days ago
The moon landing was fake and you can't deny it. Here it proof. ruvid.net/video/video-dQw4w9WgXcQ.html
Daichi Maru
Daichi Maru 10 days ago
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 11 days ago
Hola Maui
Hola Maui 11 days ago
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 11 days ago
Chagan Crater in Soviet Union, now Kazakhstan
Alysson Duarte
Alysson Duarte 11 days ago
Obrigado pelas informações! Muito bom!
tariq fidaie
tariq fidaie 11 days ago
where did you get the moon dust from
justin h
justin h 11 days ago
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 12 days ago
It looks like the moon ...to shoot man to shoot ...then trick fools like me ... actually they go there to the moon...
indobleh 12 days ago
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 12 days ago
They never been on the moon
Corner - Vlog
Corner - Vlog 12 days ago
Boopy Schmoops
Boopy Schmoops 12 days ago
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 12 days ago
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 12 days ago
Art is an explosion
William Singht
William Singht 13 days ago
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 13 days ago
0:05 just turn on the subtitles and read it...
Gabriel Serra Vanderlei
I definitely have a crush on this guy
10tothe10088 13 days ago
Closed Caption at 0:04: "Neil Armstrong and Buzz Lightyear" LOL
Crochime3 13 days ago
Why Apollo Astronauts Trained at a Nuclear Test Site?Both events are hoax's. U asked 4 it. Peace out😎
Daniel Morton
Daniel Morton 13 days ago
I will purposely never by any ptoducts or services advertised on RUvid
ann smith
ann smith 13 days ago
SittingMoose Shaman
... it's the cosmic environment of the base too! - get 'em used to the outer-space & lunar _'atmosphere'_ of higher radiation that they would soon be living in...
stefan sauvageon
stefan sauvageon 13 days ago
8:49 stress, do not sneeze
Further More
Further More 13 days ago
Why how the moon formed was so important during Cold War?
Matt Stanislen
Matt Stanislen 12 days ago
a civi smart enough to go to the moon has to be smart enough to mindlessly follow their every dictation afterwards, and with that pesky anti federal reserve Kennedy getting his brains blown out just before but only after the race was started basically secured the United States backdoor takeover.
Thomas Busse
Thomas Busse 13 days ago
How does the regolith compare to the Soviet Luna samples?
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