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: avinastyle.ru/video/7bUUGzi-AAY/video.html
    Active Galactic for footage of craters in Arizona: avinastyle.ru/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 • 4 002

  • Jack Carlson
    Jack Carlson  2 hours 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 hours 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  1 days back

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

        • Nnelg Drahcir
          Nnelg Drahcir  1 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  1 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  2 days back

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

              • PBMS123
                PBMS123  2 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  2 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  2 days back

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

                    • Michael Taylors
                      Michael Taylors  3 days back

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

                      • Alex Whitton
                        Alex Whitton  3 days back

                        Dont fall into that crater when raiding Area 51

                        • Glitched Blox
                          Glitched Blox  3 days back

                          11:00 Why is the earth flat?

                          • Noah Joseph FENECH
                            Noah Joseph FENECH  3 days back

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

                            • silvestir123
                              silvestir123  3 days back

                              its not a test site, its moon you know

                              • Jeremy photographer
                                Jeremy photographer  3 days back

                                Aw come on man you know the landings were fake!

                                • Pneuma312
                                  Pneuma312  3 days back

                                  Harrison Schmidt on Apollo 17 is a geologist.

                                  • James Donaghy
                                    James Donaghy  3 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  4 days back

                                      What is your name

                                      • TOXIC_Newtron
                                        TOXIC_Newtron  4 days back

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

                                        • Leonardo Cabrera
                                          Leonardo Cabrera  4 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  4 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  4 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  4 days back

                                                11:00 flat earth confirmed

                                                • Shaikh Irfan
                                                  Shaikh Irfan  5 days back

                                                  Your face with glasses resembles Elon Musk.

                                                  • sarah finlay
                                                    sarah finlay  5 days 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  6 days back

                                                      Where did the film at 1:43 come from?

                                                      • Shawn Gayner
                                                        Shawn Gayner  6 days back

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

                                                        • fritz reimer
                                                          fritz reimer  6 days back

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

                                                          • Phil Melson
                                                            Phil Melson  7 days 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  1 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  1 weeks back

                                                                        Yeah I’m starting to regret even mentioning 😒🤔

                                                                        • Super Beast Gamer
                                                                          Super Beast Gamer  1 weeks back

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

                                                                          • weetjewatikwil1
                                                                            weetjewatikwil1  1 weeks back

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

                                                                            • Grimble Grumble
                                                                              Grimble Grumble  1 weeks back


                                                                              • mian fazle razik
                                                                                mian fazle razik  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                • ANANYA M
                                                                                  ANANYA M  1 weeks back

                                                                                  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  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                    • Andreas Hansen
                                                                                      Andreas Hansen  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                  • E-Nonymouse
                                                                                    E-Nonymouse  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                    • escorpiuser
                                                                                      escorpiuser  1 weeks back

                                                                                      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  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                      • Hane ullim
                                                                                        Hane ullim  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                        • North Georgia
                                                                                          North Georgia  1 weeks back

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                          • Silver Spoon
                                                                                            Silver Spoon  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                            • D.O.A.
                                                                                              D.O.A.  7 days back

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

                                                                                          • Noah abrahamsen
                                                                                            Noah abrahamsen  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Imagine sand sledding in the crater. 😱😆🤔