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 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:
Active Galactic for footage of craters in Arizona:
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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

  • Duke Silver

    Duke Silver

    9 घंटे पहले

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

  • Nnelg Drahcir

    Nnelg Drahcir

    12 घंटे पहले

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

  • Colten H

    Colten H

    14 घंटे पहले

    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


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

  • PBMS123


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    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


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    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

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

  • Michael Taylors

    Michael Taylors

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

  • Alex Whitton

    Alex Whitton

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    Dont fall into that crater when raiding Area 51

  • Glitched Blox

    Glitched Blox

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    11:00 Why is the earth flat?

  • Noah Joseph FENECH

    Noah Joseph FENECH

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

  • silvestir123


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    its not a test site, its moon you know

  • Jeremy photographer

    Jeremy photographer

    2 दिन पहले

    Aw come on man you know the landings were fake!

  • Pneuma312


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    Harrison Schmidt on Apollo 17 is a geologist.

  • James Donaghy

    James Donaghy

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    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

    2 दिन पहले

    What is your name

  • TOXIC_Newtron


    3 दिन पहले

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

  • Leonardo Cabrera

    Leonardo Cabrera

    3 दिन पहले

    original interview too..
    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 दिन पहले

    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

    3 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    11:00 flat earth confirmed

  • Shaikh Irfan

    Shaikh Irfan

    4 दिन पहले

    Your face with glasses resembles Elon Musk.

  • sarah finlay

    sarah finlay

    4 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    Where did the film at 1:43 come from?

  • Shawn Gayner

    Shawn Gayner

    4 दिन पहले

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

  • fritz reimer

    fritz reimer

    5 दिन पहले

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

  • Phil Melson

    Phil Melson

    5 दिन पहले

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

  • Michael Alexander

    Michael Alexander

    6 दिन पहले

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

  • Den Smith

    Den Smith

    6 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    Damage control.

  • Yume Sekai

    Yume Sekai

    7 दिन पहले

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

  • Floyd Thompson

    Floyd Thompson

    7 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    Yeah I’m starting to regret even mentioning 😒🤔

  • Super Beast Gamer

    Super Beast Gamer

    7 दिन पहले

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

  • weetjewatikwil1


    7 दिन पहले

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

  • Grimble Grumble

    Grimble Grumble

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  • mian fazle razik

    mian fazle razik

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



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    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

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

    • Andreas Hansen

      Andreas Hansen

      8 दिन पहले

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

  • E-Nonymouse


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

  • escorpiuser


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    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 दिन पहले

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

    • Lelouch Yagami

      Lelouch Yagami

      8 दिन पहले

      What is quraan?

  • Hane ullim

    Hane ullim

    8 दिन पहले

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

  • North Georgia

    North Georgia

    8 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    Lets raid the moon there might be Aliens.

  • Silver Spoon

    Silver Spoon

    8 दिन पहले

    "historical sign"
    it will be in about 200 years.

    • D.O.A.


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

  • Noah abrahamsen

    Noah abrahamsen

    9 दिन पहले

    Imagine sand sledding in the crater. 😱😆🤔

  • RTG The Best

    RTG The Best

    9 दिन पहले

    Who wanted him to go in it

  • Eso Merik

    Eso Merik

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  • Britney Spaulding

    Britney Spaulding

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



      6 दिन पहले

      U talking about deustin from smarter every day

  • Jonathan Turner

    Jonathan Turner

    10 दिन पहले

    This is also where they filmed the moon landing

  • Ferrariman601


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    *Historical sign sign intensifies*

  • Anand Saxena

    Anand Saxena

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    Barringer Crater: 10 megaton
    Tsar Bomba: 50 megaton

  • Richard Costa

    Richard Costa

    10 दिन पहले

    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


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      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 दिन पहले

    The moon landing was fake and you can't deny it. Here it proof.

  • Daichi Maru

    Daichi Maru

    11 दिन पहले

    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

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  • Hola Maui

    Hola Maui

    11 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    Chagan Crater in Soviet Union, now Kazakhstan

  • Alysson Duarte

    Alysson Duarte

    11 दिन पहले

    Obrigado pelas informações! Muito bom!

  • tariq fidaie

    tariq fidaie

    11 दिन पहले

    where did you get the moon dust from

  • justin h

    justin h

    12 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

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

  • indobleh


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    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

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    They never been on the moon

  • Corner - Vlog

    Corner - Vlog

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  • Boopy Schmoops

    Boopy Schmoops

    12 दिन पहले

    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

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    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

    13 दिन पहले

    Art is an explosion

  • William Singht

    William Singht

    13 दिन पहले

    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