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: stms.pro/video/7bUUGzi-AAY/video.html
    Active Galactic for footage of craters in Arizona: stms.pro/video/yhoooBpndog/video.html

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    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 • 4 017

  • Barry Manilowa
    Barry Manilowa  11 hours back

    Lies! The moon landing never happened!

    • carlos oliveira
      carlos oliveira  12 hours back

      Astronauts used none of their geological training on the moon. They did use some of their experience from the golf course though.

      • lukas oulehla
        lukas oulehla  19 hours back

        Apollo missions were hoaxed. As John Lear said and as Swaruu confirmed.

        • Papageno
          Papageno  16 hours back

          Don't worry. You'll get your attention soon.

      • tHe iLLz
        tHe iLLz  1 days back

        Yea and we know _why_ they "banned" nuke testing in the oceans, atmosphere, and outer space only "allowing" underground nuke testing..... To hide from _them aliens_ who'd been telling them, stop with the nukes.

        • Alexander corral ignatyev

          are you sure that it's not radioactive?

          • Whistling Whiskers
            Whistling Whiskers  1 days back

            What's up with all the downthumbers?

            • Benjamin Rassy
              Benjamin Rassy  1 days back

              They located a nuke 600ft underground, I presume you meant to say deposited lol

              • David Wayne Choate
                David Wayne Choate  1 days back

                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  2 days back

                  I find it kind of surreal that they were transporting a nuke in a truck that was just labeled "explosives"

                  • kainpwnsu
                    kainpwnsu  2 days back

                    At 2:25, sumply build homes out of whatever the camera tower was constructed, to withstand bombing. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

                    • blue1901
                      blue1901  2 days back

                      maybe the earth and moon not "formed together" but they didn't go to the moon in the first place :D ahaaaaaa

                      • Guillermo Hoffmann
                        Guillermo Hoffmann  2 days back

                        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  2 days back

                          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  3 days back

                            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  4 days back

                              Hmm, so if we set off a nuclear bomb inside of a coal mine would get diamonds?

                              • Nnelg Drahcir
                                Nnelg Drahcir  4 days back

                                Who knew the Millennium Falcon was actually real? 5:52
                                NASA "lets do a recreation of the moon....here"
                                NASA "nothing to see here!"

                                • Colten H
                                  Colten H  4 days back

                                  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
                                    smawkm  4 days back

                                    The biggest lie of the 20th century. The man went to moon

                                    • Papageno
                                      Papageno  16 hours back

                                      Here, there's your attention.

                                  • PBMS123
                                    PBMS123  4 days back

                                    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
                                      Josny13  4 days back

                                      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  5 days back

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

                                        • Michael Taylors
                                          Michael Taylors  5 days back

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

                                          • Alex Whitton
                                            Alex Whitton  5 days back

                                            Dont fall into that crater when raiding Area 51

                                            • Glitched Blox
                                              Glitched Blox  5 days back

                                              11:00 Why is the earth flat?

                                              • Noah Joseph FENECH
                                                Noah Joseph FENECH  5 days back

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

                                                • silvestir123
                                                  silvestir123  5 days back

                                                  its not a test site, its moon you know

                                                  • Jeremy photographer
                                                    Jeremy photographer  5 days back

                                                    Aw come on man you know the landings were fake!

                                                    • Pneuma312
                                                      Pneuma312  6 days back

                                                      Harrison Schmidt on Apollo 17 is a geologist.

                                                      • James Donaghy
                                                        James Donaghy  6 days back

                                                        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,

                                                        • JERRYKrish M
                                                          JERRYKrish M  6 days back

                                                          What is your name

                                                          • TOXIC_Newtron
                                                            TOXIC_Newtron  6 days back

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

                                                            • Leonardo Cabrera
                                                              Leonardo Cabrera  7 days back

                                                              original interview too.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_Ct6z9tm0M
                                                              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  7 days back

                                                                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.

                                                                • Stayton Drake
                                                                  Stayton Drake  7 days back

                                                                  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  7 days back

                                                                    11:00 flat earth confirmed

                                                                    • Shaikh Irfan
                                                                      Shaikh Irfan  1 weeks back

                                                                      Your face with glasses resembles Elon Musk.

                                                                      • sarah finlay
                                                                        sarah finlay  1 weeks back

                                                                        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  1 weeks back

                                                                          Where did the film at 1:43 come from?

                                                                          • Shawn Gayner
                                                                            Shawn Gayner  1 weeks back

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

                                                                            • fritz reimer
                                                                              fritz reimer  1 weeks back

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

                                                                              • Phil Melson
                                                                                Phil Melson  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                • Michael Alexander
                                                                                  Michael Alexander  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                  • Den Smith
                                                                                    Den Smith  1 weeks back

                                                                                    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  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Damage control.

                                                                                      • Yume Sekai
                                                                                        Yume Sekai  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                        • Floyd Thompson
                                                                                          Floyd Thompson  2 weeks back

                                                                                          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  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Yeah I’m starting to regret even mentioning 😒🤔

                                                                                            • Super Beast Gamer
                                                                                              Super Beast Gamer  2 weeks back

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