Why Apollo Astronauts Trained at a Nuclear Test Site

  • Published: 19 July 2019
  • 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: kzclip.com/video/7bUUGzi-AAY/бейне.html
    Active Galactic for footage of craters in Arizona: kzclip.com/video/yhoooBpndog/бейне.html
    Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
    a human, Alfred Wallace, Arjun Chakroborty, Brent Stewart, Bryan Baker, Chris Vargas, Chuck Lauer Vose, Clip Tree, Coale Shifflett, Colin Bellmore, DALE HORNE, Daniel Milum, Donal Botkin, Eric Velazquez, Illya Nayshevsky, James Knight, James Wong, Jasper Xin, Joar Wandborg, Johnny, June Kang, Kevin Beavers, kkm, Leah Howard, Listen Money Matters, Lyvann Ferrusca, Manuel Zürcher, Mathias Göransson, Michael Bradley Wirz, Michael Krugman, Mohammed Al Sahaf, OddJosh, Philipp Volgger, Pindex, Roberto Rezende, Robin DeBank, Ron Neal, Sam Lutfi, Stan Presolski, Tige Thorman, Warrior8252
    Filmed by Raquel Nuno
    Story and Editing by Derek Muller and Jonny Hyman
    Music and Animation by Jonny Hyman
    Produced by Casey Rentz

Comments • 3 994

  • Carl Lee
    Carl Lee  4 сағат бұрын

    Whoever made the English caption, "Buzz Lightyear" really made me burst into laugh. LOL

    • Michael Taylors
      Michael Taylors  7 сағат бұрын

      What explains the transparent astronaut at the :004 ? Anyone ?

      • Alex Whitton
        Alex Whitton  14 сағат бұрын

        Dont fall into that crater when raiding Area 51

        • Glitched Blox
          Glitched Blox  15 сағат бұрын

          11:00 Why is the earth flat?

          • Noah Joseph FENECH
            Noah Joseph FENECH  15 сағат бұрын

            We seriously gonna deny the truth? Barringer crater is obviously the result of Earth being nuked by aliens

            • silvestir123
              silvestir123  18 сағат бұрын

              its not a test site, its moon you know

              • Jeremy photographer
                Jeremy photographer  21 сағат бұрын

                Aw come on man you know the landings were fake!

                • Pneuma312
                  Pneuma312  Күн бұрын

                  Harrison Schmidt on Apollo 17 is a geologist.

                  • James Donaghy
                    James Donaghy  Күн бұрын

                    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, kzclip.com/video/Zztbw7MLlkI/бейне.html

                    • JERRYKrish M
                      JERRYKrish M  Күн бұрын

                      What is your name

                      • TOXIC_Newtron
                        TOXIC_Newtron  Күн бұрын

                        Turn on champions at the start they say buzz light-year

                        • Leonardo Cabrera
                          Leonardo Cabrera  Күн бұрын

                          original interview too.. kzclip.com/video/r_Ct6z9tm0M/бейне.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  Күн бұрын

                            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. kzclip.com/video/BI_ZehPOMwI/бейне.html

                            • Stayton Drake
                              Stayton Drake  2 күн бұрын

                              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  2 күн бұрын

                                11:00 flat earth confirmed

                                • Shaikh Irfan
                                  Shaikh Irfan  2 күн бұрын

                                  Your face with glasses resembles Elon Musk.

                                  • sarah finlay
                                    sarah finlay  3 күн бұрын

                                    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  3 күн бұрын

                                      Where did the film at 1:43 come from?

                                      • Shawn Gayner
                                        Shawn Gayner  3 күн бұрын

                                        Veritasium, italicized i, 42.0 ; truth, is complex, the search for the answer to life, the universe and everything?

                                        • fritz reimer
                                          fritz reimer  4 күн бұрын

                                          In the movie, our German are just as smart as the Russian German

                                          • Phil Melson
                                            Phil Melson  4 күн бұрын

                                            Wouldn't there be an implosion following an explosion ? thereby filling the hole back in .. .

                                            • Michael Alexander
                                              Michael Alexander  4 күн бұрын

                                              Imagine having to tell your boss you sneezed away the moon dust

                                              • Den Smith
                                                Den Smith  5 күн бұрын

                                                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
                                                  VeniVidiIvi  5 күн бұрын

                                                  Damage control.

                                                  • Yume Sekai
                                                    Yume Sekai  5 күн бұрын

                                                    I can't find any Moon Landing Conspiracy Theorist here. GOOD

                                                    • Floyd Thompson
                                                      Floyd Thompson  6 күн бұрын

                                                      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  6 күн бұрын

                                                        Yeah I’m starting to regret even mentioning 😒🤔

                                                        • Super Beast Gamer
                                                          Super Beast Gamer  6 күн бұрын

                                                          2:05 :cod black ops 1-nuke town.

                                                          • weetjewatikwil1
                                                            weetjewatikwil1  6 күн бұрын

                                                            Its a lie... they were never been to the moon :)

                                                            • Grimble Grumble
                                                              Grimble Grumble  6 күн бұрын

                                                              8:50 "aaa-aaachooo......"

                                                              • mian fazle razik
                                                                mian fazle razik  6 күн бұрын

                                                                00:02 are those rayban avitors. Have the same.

                                                                • ANANYA M
                                                                  ANANYA M  6 күн бұрын

                                                                  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  6 күн бұрын

                                                                    The moon wasn´t melted. Surely, you meant to say it was milk? And then curdled?

                                                                    • Andreas Hansen
                                                                      Andreas Hansen  6 күн бұрын

                                                                      That is why we find milk here on Earth too. We´re related.

                                                                      • E-Nonymouse
                                                                        E-Nonymouse  6 күн бұрын

                                                                        US Gov actually envisioned creating the highway along the nevada desert using nuclear detonations for um 'excavation purposes'. Lunacy!

                                                                        • escorpiuser
                                                                          escorpiuser  7 күн бұрын

                                                                          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  7 күн бұрын

                                                                            it was mentioned in the quraan 1400 year ago about the explosion that happen

                                                                            • Lelouch Yagami
                                                                              Lelouch Yagami  6 күн бұрын

                                                                              What is quraan?

                                                                              • Hane ullim
                                                                                Hane ullim  7 күн бұрын

                                                                                Lol I always knew the earth was flat ever since I slipped on an almond

                                                                                • North Georgia
                                                                                  North Georgia  7 күн бұрын

                                                                                  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  7 күн бұрын

                                                                                    Lets raid the moon there might be Aliens.

                                                                                    • Silver Spoon
                                                                                      Silver Spoon  7 күн бұрын

                                                                                      4:30 "historical sign" it will be in about 200 years.

                                                                                      • D.O.A.
                                                                                        D.O.A.  4 күн бұрын

                                                                                        Future people will add a new sign reading "historical sign sign", and it will be a historical sign sign sign.

                                                                                        • Noah abrahamsen
                                                                                          Noah abrahamsen  7 күн бұрын

                                                                                          Imagine sand sledding in the crater. 😱😆🤔

                                                                                          • RTG The Best
                                                                                            RTG The Best  8 күн бұрын

                                                                                            Who wanted him to go in it

                                                                                            • Eso Merik
                                                                                              Eso Merik  8 күн бұрын


                                                                                              • Britney Spaulding
                                                                                                Britney Spaulding  8 күн бұрын

                                                                                                How did you get moon dust, i just watched a vid where they had everything in sealed cabinets and were strict about its handling?

                                                                                                • ASHISH KUMAWAT
                                                                                                  ASHISH KUMAWAT  5 күн бұрын

                                                                                                  U talking about deustin from smarter every day

                                                                                                  • Jonathan Turner
                                                                                                    Jonathan Turner  9 күн бұрын

                                                                                                    This is also where they filmed the moon landing

                                                                                                    • Ferrariman601
                                                                                                      Ferrariman601  9 күн бұрын

                                                                                                      *Historical sign sign intensifies*

                                                                                                      • Anand Saxena
                                                                                                        Anand Saxena  9 күн бұрын

                                                                                                        Barringer Crater: 10 megaton Tsar Bomba: 50 megaton

                                                                                                        • Richard Costa
                                                                                                          Richard Costa  9 күн бұрын

                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                            escorpiuser  7 күн бұрын

                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                              Pineapqles  9 күн бұрын

                                                                                                              The moon landing was fake and you can't deny it. Here it proof. kzclip.com/video/dQw4w9WgXcQ/бейне.html

                                                                                                              • Daichi Maru
                                                                                                                Daichi Maru  9 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                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  10 күн бұрын


                                                                                                                  • Hola Maui
                                                                                                                    Hola Maui  10 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                      victoremorozov  10 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                      Chagan Crater in Soviet Union, now Kazakhstan

                                                                                                                      • Alysson Duarte
                                                                                                                        Alysson Duarte  10 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                        Obrigado pelas informações! Muito bom!

                                                                                                                        • tariq fidaie
                                                                                                                          tariq fidaie  10 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                          where did you get the moon dust from

                                                                                                                          • justin h
                                                                                                                            justin h  10 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                            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  11 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                              It looks like the moon ...to shoot man to shoot ...then trick fools like me ... actually they go there to the moon...

                                                                                                                              • indobleh
                                                                                                                                indobleh  11 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                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  11 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                  They never been on the moon

                                                                                                                                  • Corner - Vlog
                                                                                                                                    Corner - Vlog  11 күн бұрын


                                                                                                                                    • Boopy Schmoops
                                                                                                                                      Boopy Schmoops  11 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                      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  11 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                        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  11 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                          Art is an explosion

                                                                                                                                          • William Singht
                                                                                                                                            William Singht  11 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                            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  11 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                              0:05 just turn on the subtitles and read it...

                                                                                                                                              • Gabriel Serra Vanderlei
                                                                                                                                                Gabriel Serra Vanderlei  11 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                I definitely have a crush on this guy

                                                                                                                                                • 10tothe10088
                                                                                                                                                  10tothe10088  12 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                  Closed Caption at 0:04: "Neil Armstrong and Buzz Lightyear" LOL

                                                                                                                                                  • Crochime3
                                                                                                                                                    Crochime3  12 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                    Why Apollo Astronauts Trained at a Nuclear Test Site?Both events are hoax's. U asked 4 it. Peace out😎

                                                                                                                                                    • Daniel Morton
                                                                                                                                                      Daniel Morton  12 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                      I will purposely never by any ptoducts or services advertised on KZclip

                                                                                                                                                      • ann smith
                                                                                                                                                        ann smith  12 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                        MAN DESTROY THEMSELVES AND OTHER HAVE NO RIGHT S TO SAY STOP

                                                                                                                                                        • SittingMoose Shaman
                                                                                                                                                          SittingMoose Shaman  12 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                          ... 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  12 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                            8:49 stress, do not sneeze

                                                                                                                                                            • Further More
                                                                                                                                                              Further More  12 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                              Why how the moon formed was so important during Cold War?

                                                                                                                                                              • Matt Stanislen
                                                                                                                                                                Matt Stanislen  11 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                                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  12 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                                  How does the regolith compare to the Soviet Luna samples?

                                                                                                                                                                  • bvcxz gt
                                                                                                                                                                    bvcxz gt  12 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                                                    It really is sad how little of its promise nuclear technology actually was able to fullfill. You can't deny nuclear ships and subs are amazing uses of it, but the potential to have small nuclear power stations in every community (like they did at the base in Greenland or Project Iceworm) just couldn't happen. They really must have thought they were going to cheaply power the entire world. Maybe some day LFTR or something similar makes this possible.