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.
Special Thanks to:
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

  • Ricardo Milos

    Ricardo Milos

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    This is were nuketown was made

  • Pararell Plu

    Pararell Plu

    8 घंटे पहले

    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


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    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

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    Americans destroyed our planet Earth

  • amSEC


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    Lol, people still believe in moon landing

  • Juan dela Cruz

    Juan dela Cruz

    6 दिन पहले

    the next one is Hiroshima bomb

  • atrejuc


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    Finally someone who knows how to pronounce Nevada

  • Ryan Bro

    Ryan Bro

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    I love these vids

  • trmk12


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    It is not where they "trained", it is where they filmed

    • maulCS


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      Moron detected.

    • wcj gibbs

      wcj gibbs

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      Piss off

  • Shork


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  • Alex.shanahan


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    Nuke town 2025

  • Live higher

    Live higher

    8 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

      Its easy to name things with out knowing but they had more than enough years to find out more

  • Hayden Dlugolecki

    Hayden Dlugolecki

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    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

    Hayden Dlugolecki

    8 दिन पहले

    Nobody went to the moon

  • Juice Of Territory

    Juice Of Territory

    9 दिन पहले

    I don’t think he knows that the moon landing was fake

    • Enough BS

      Enough BS

      6 घंटे पहले

      I don't think you know just how much of a complete idiot you are.

  • EvanZ


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    Rhode Island?

    Me when I think I’m from rhode: 😧😧😳😳😳😳

  • TheLastMcLaren


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    11:00 flat earth confirmed

  • GGG 6

    GGG 6

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    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

      6 घंटे पहले

      I hope one day you realize what an absolute moron you are.

  • 50k subs without any vids Challenge

    50k subs without any vids Challenge

    9 दिन पहले

    So the earth was much begger since somthing took a chunk out????????????

  • Thanos Naked

    Thanos Naked

    10 दिन पहले

    is that freddie mercury?

  • Bombing PKO

    Bombing PKO

    10 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    2:00 ohh so that’s how Nuk3town was made hmm that’s pretty cool

  • Parker's Full Throttle Adventures

    Parker's Full Throttle Adventures

    11 दिन पहले

    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

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    Veritasium:Buzz Aldrin
    Subtitles:Buzz Lightyear

  • The Whisperer

    The Whisperer

    11 दिन पहले

    And then there's flat earth conference.

  • Kezia Jiao

    Kezia Jiao

    11 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    When you play Minecraft and plant so much TNT 🧨

  • Faris Ahmad

    Faris Ahmad

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    every minecraft player at 3:03 : TNT fRoM MinECrAFt!

  • Brandon Burns

    Brandon Burns

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    What if people used giant rocks for orbital strikes😭

  • Mcdo nalds

    Mcdo nalds

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    Dick gordon...

  • David Seng

    David Seng

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    The closed captions says Buzz Lightyear lolol

  • CaptainMorgan


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    USA not going to moon.

  • crazyvidz CV

    crazyvidz CV

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    Who in their right mind would go and check out a nuclear bomb crater? This bloke went feral! lol

  • H7r S7sbe

    H7r S7sbe

    20 दिन पहले

    When (we) ????

  • Dude Bros

    Dude Bros

    20 दिन पहले

    *HEY DUMMY!!!!* the moons made of cheese

  • Patrick D

    Patrick D

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    Plot twist-Meteorites are the nuclear bombs of 👽.

  • Saul Savelis

    Saul Savelis

    23 दिन पहले

    but none was on the Moon

  • Speed of Smoke

    Speed of Smoke

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  • dr 335

    dr 335

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    "Listened while signing shaved balls"

  • Chu Wu

    Chu Wu

    25 दिन पहले

    Not at how the captions say Buzz Lightyear instead of Buzz Aldrin

  • Connor Finke

    Connor Finke

    28 दिन पहले

    The captions at the beginning mistake Buzz Aldrin for Buzz Lightyear lol.

  • Nick Desert

    Nick Desert

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    Why do u look like freddy mercury in the thumbnail

  • itzz_mitch !!

    itzz_mitch !!

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    Every nuclear bomb thing always refers to Nagasaki

  • lanz aries satumbaga

    lanz aries satumbaga

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    20kmps? 😮

  • deep bansal

    deep bansal

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    Caption at 0: 03 says buzz lightyear 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Old Sport

    Old Sport

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    This is a proof that the moon landing was a hoax.

  • Joe Alias

    Joe Alias

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    hm my guess was that, when you're in space, you don't have the atmosphere to protect you from radiation, and they wanted to expose the astronauts to fallout radiation to test their bodies and see if there would be any biological effects of exposure.

  • Achilleas Valioulis

    Achilleas Valioulis

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    how about that moon globe though

  • Moth Man

    Moth Man

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    nuke town.

  • Evrett Sobaski

    Evrett Sobaski

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    I imagine if there were people around during the time when that meteor impacted earth, maybe someone was just close enough to the impact site to either witness it or at least hear it. They probably got very stressed that day jeez

  • David Bliss

    David Bliss

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    A much more simple explanation would be that the "moon rocks" are just unusual earth rocks collected, you know, on Earth. Instead, you've gone off down some tangent and created this entire elaborate story of how the moon was formed from a collision with the earth. No. Moon rocks are similar to earth rocks, because they are earth rocks.

  • Jon Takaki

    Jon Takaki

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    So he's implying the moon landing was not staged and that those dust samples are as real as the moon rock donated to Holland which happened to be petrified wood?

  • Paul Dawson

    Paul Dawson

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    Could it be the 900 plus nuclear test detonations in the southwest of the USA ,or the radioactive particles created from said tests , that caused the high cancer rates of Americans who live during that era?

  • AJ Builds

    AJ Builds

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    Great video, I noticed the truck on the clip at 4:09 looks eerily like the International Harvester flatbed my Grandpa drives, but that emblem on the front looks like the IH logo, it's just the quality.

  • Nadia Khamo

    Nadia Khamo

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    11:01 flat earth theory?

  • Killersone


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    Why did you add fake noise on some of these pictures 0:32 ????

  • Oligel19


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    why would you need to test a weapon for hundreds of times ? you should stop after a few knowing the danger of those bombs, unless they were used to destroy traces of something ?

  • Oligel19


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    the relief of the ground is curious at 0:29 :/

  • Grethel Tendan

    Grethel Tendan

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    I wish i can go at nevada so i can ho yo area 51

  • Ivan Morales

    Ivan Morales

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    Now i know nuketowns origin thank u

  • thetruereality


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    Is this area not radioactive?

    • Pixelated


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    The use to go to these area to train on the lie which they will tell the world about and probably they filmed the moon landing base on this area

  • kesi yusoff

    kesi yusoff

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    Why is he not wearing anti rad suit?

  • Josue Moraes

    Josue Moraes

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    Moon is flat

  • Azazel


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  • Daddo And Son.

    Daddo And Son.

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    Weird, they found the exact same thing on the moon that they did in Nevada, hmmmm lol

    • ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

      ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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      And earth is flat right? Lol

  • tannerotis


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    They trained and film there because it’s so off limits to general public, that they can film fake moon landings and mars rover missions for the fools who actually believe it. Who owns the biggest movie studio at universal? Nasa.

  • Juan Mendez

    Juan Mendez

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    I was so expecting him to say 11 of the 12 men died mysteriously