Why Apollo Astronauts Trained at a Nuclear Test Site

  • Published on Jul 19, 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: ru-clip.net/video/7bUUGzi-AAY/video.html
    Active Galactic for footage of craters in Arizona: ru-clip.net/video/yhoooBpndog/video.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 • 4 059

  • Ricardo Milos
    Ricardo Milos 16 hours ago

    This is were nuketown was made

  • Pararell Plu
    Pararell Plu 17 hours ago

    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
    WILFRED1184 Day ago

    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 2 days ago

    Americans destroyed our planet Earth

  • amSEC
    amSEC 4 days ago

    Lol, people still believe in moon landing

  • Juan dela Cruz
    Juan dela Cruz 7 days ago

    the next one is Hiroshima bomb

  • atrejuc
    atrejuc 7 days ago +1

    Finally someone who knows how to pronounce Nevada

  • Ryan Bro
    Ryan Bro 8 days ago

    I love these vids

  • trmk12
    trmk12 8 days ago

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

  • Shork
    Shork 8 days ago


  • Alex.shanahan
    Alex.shanahan 8 days ago

    Nuke town 2025

  • Live higher
    Live higher 8 days ago

    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 days ago

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

  • Hayden Dlugolecki
    Hayden Dlugolecki 9 days ago

    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 9 days ago

    Nobody went to the moon

  • Juice Of Territory
    Juice Of Territory 9 days ago

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

    • Enough BS
      Enough BS 15 hours ago

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

  • EvanZ
    EvanZ 9 days ago +2

    Rhode Island?

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

  • TheLastMcLaren
    TheLastMcLaren 9 days ago

    11:00 flat earth confirmed

  • GGG 6
    GGG 6 10 days ago

    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 15 hours ago

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

  • 50k subs without any vids Challenge

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

  • Thanos Naked
    Thanos Naked 10 days ago

    is that freddie mercury?

  • Bombing PKO
    Bombing PKO 10 days ago

    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 11 days ago

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

  • Parker's Full Throttle Adventures

    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 11 days ago

    Veritasium:Buzz Aldrin
    Subtitles:Buzz Lightyear

  • The Whisperer
    The Whisperer 11 days ago

    And then there's flat earth conference.

  • Kezia Jiao
    Kezia Jiao 11 days ago

    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 days ago

    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 days ago

    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
    mat730ify 13 days ago

    When you play Minecraft and plant so much TNT 🧨

  • Faris Ahmad
    Faris Ahmad 13 days ago

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

  • Brandon Burns
    Brandon Burns 15 days ago

    What if people used giant rocks for orbital strikes😭

  • Mcdo nalds
    Mcdo nalds 15 days ago +1

    Dick gordon...

  • David Seng
    David Seng 17 days ago

    The closed captions says Buzz Lightyear lolol

  • CaptainMorgan
    CaptainMorgan 17 days ago

    USA not going to moon.

  • crazyvidz CV
    crazyvidz CV 18 days ago

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

  • H7r S7sbe
    H7r S7sbe 21 day ago

    When (we) ????

  • Dude Bros
    Dude Bros 21 day ago

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

  • Patrick D
    Patrick D 22 days ago

    Plot twist-Meteorites are the nuclear bombs of 👽.

  • Saul Savelis
    Saul Savelis 23 days ago

    but none was on the Moon

  • Speed of Smoke
    Speed of Smoke 24 days ago


  • dr 335
    dr 335 25 days ago

    "Listened while signing shaved balls"

  • Chu Wu
    Chu Wu 26 days ago

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

  • Connor Finke
    Connor Finke 28 days ago

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

  • Nick Desert
    Nick Desert 28 days ago

    Why do u look like freddy mercury in the thumbnail

  • itzz_mitch !!
    itzz_mitch !! Month ago

    Every nuclear bomb thing always refers to Nagasaki

  • lanz aries satumbaga

    20kmps? 😮

  • deep bansal
    deep bansal Month ago

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

  • Old Sport
    Old Sport Month ago +1

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

  • Joe Alias
    Joe Alias Month ago

    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

    how about that moon globe though

  • Moth Man
    Moth Man Month ago

    nuke town.

  • Evrett Sobaski
    Evrett Sobaski Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    11:01 flat earth theory?

  • Killersone
    Killersone Month ago

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

  • Oligel19
    Oligel19 Month ago

    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
    Oligel19 Month ago

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