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: thexvid.com/video/7bUUGzi-AAY/video.html
    Active Galactic for footage of craters in Arizona: thexvid.com/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 • 4 023

    SANDRA THERIAULT 5 hours ago +1

    Green round point in the corner 7:50 hmmmmm

  • Vishwash Sharma
    Vishwash Sharma 7 hours ago

    Could we expect water on moon in any form like solid ice could we colonize on the moon the way we are planning to mars ISRO sent chandrayan2 to the south pole in order to find water

  • Saurabh Mehta
    Saurabh Mehta 10 hours ago

    What a fake nasa mission.

    CDOSRUN 10 hours ago

    & in a real case scenario anything brought back from the moon or any planet other than ours would have been transported in a quarantine section of their return pod, for all we know we could have just brought back a virus our world has never seen the lights of .... just a 💭

  • Barry Manilowa
    Barry Manilowa 22 hours ago

    Lies! The moon landing never happened!

  • carlos oliveira
    carlos oliveira 23 hours ago

    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 Day ago

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

    • Papageno
      Papageno Day ago

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

  • tHe iLLz
    tHe iLLz Day ago

    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

    What's up with all the downthumbers?

  • Benjamin Rassy
    Benjamin Rassy Day ago +1

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

  • David Wayne Choate

    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 ago +1

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

  • kainpwnsu
    kainpwnsu 2 days ago

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

  • blue1901
    blue1901 2 days ago

    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 ago

    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 ago +1

    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 2 days ago

    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 ago

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

  • Nnelg Drahcir
    Nnelg Drahcir 4 days ago +1

    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 ago

    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 ago

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

    • Papageno
      Papageno Day ago

      Here, there's your attention.

  • PBMS123
    PBMS123 4 days ago +2

    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 ago

    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 ago

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

  • Michael Taylors
    Michael Taylors 5 days ago

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

  • Alex Whitton
    Alex Whitton 5 days ago

    Dont fall into that crater when raiding Area 51

  • Glitched Blox
    Glitched Blox 5 days ago

    11:00 Why is the earth flat?

  • Noah Joseph FENECH
    Noah Joseph FENECH 5 days ago

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

  • silvestir123
    silvestir123 5 days ago

    its not a test site, its moon you know

  • Jeremy photographer
    Jeremy photographer 5 days ago +2

    Aw come on man you know the landings were fake!

  • Pneuma312
    Pneuma312 6 days ago

    Harrison Schmidt on Apollo 17 is a geologist.

  • James Donaghy
    James Donaghy 6 days ago

    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 ago +1

    What is your name

  • TOXIC_Newtron
    TOXIC_Newtron 6 days ago

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

  • Leonardo Cabrera
    Leonardo Cabrera 7 days ago

    original interview too.. thexvid.com/video/r_Ct6z9tm0M/video.html
    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 ago

    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.

  • Brady Oliver
    Brady Oliver 7 days ago

    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 ago

    11:00 flat earth confirmed

  • Shaikh Irfan
    Shaikh Irfan 7 days ago

    Your face with glasses resembles Elon Musk.

  • sarah finlay
    sarah finlay 8 days ago +1

    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 8 days ago +1

    Where did the film at 1:43 come from?

  • Shawn Gayner
    Shawn Gayner 8 days ago

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

  • fritz reimer
    fritz reimer 9 days ago

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

  • Phil Melson
    Phil Melson 9 days ago

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

  • Michael Alexander
    Michael Alexander 9 days ago

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

  • Den Smith
    Den Smith 10 days ago

    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 10 days ago

    Damage control.

  • Yume Sekai
    Yume Sekai 10 days ago

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

  • Floyd Thompson
    Floyd Thompson 11 days ago

    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 11 days ago

    Yeah I’m starting to regret even mentioning 😒🤔

  • Super Beast Gamer
    Super Beast Gamer 11 days ago

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

  • weetjewatikwil1
    weetjewatikwil1 11 days ago

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

  • Grimble Grumble
    Grimble Grumble 11 days ago


  • mian fazle razik
    mian fazle razik 11 days ago

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

    ANANYA M 11 days ago

    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 11 days ago

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

    • Andreas Hansen
      Andreas Hansen 11 days ago

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

  • E-Nonymouse
    E-Nonymouse 12 days ago

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

  • escorpiuser
    escorpiuser 12 days ago

    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 12 days ago

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

  • Hane ullim
    Hane ullim 12 days ago +5

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

  • North Georgia
    North Georgia 12 days ago

    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 12 days ago +3

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

    • D.O.A.
      D.O.A. 9 days ago

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

  • Noah abrahamsen
    Noah abrahamsen 12 days ago

    Imagine sand sledding in the crater. 😱😆🤔

  • RTG The Best
    RTG The Best 13 days ago +1

    Who wanted him to go in it

  • Eso Merik
    Eso Merik 13 days ago


  • Britney Spaulding
    Britney Spaulding 14 days ago

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

      ASHISH KUMAWAT 10 days ago

      U talking about deustin from smarter every day

  • Jonathan Turner
    Jonathan Turner 14 days ago +1

    This is also where they filmed the moon landing

  • Ferrariman601
    Ferrariman601 14 days ago

    *Historical sign sign intensifies*

  • Anand Saxena
    Anand Saxena 14 days ago

    Barringer Crater: 10 megaton
    Tsar Bomba: 50 megaton

  • Richard Costa
    Richard Costa 14 days ago

    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
      escorpiuser 12 days ago +1

      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
    Pineapqles 14 days ago +1

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

  • Daichi Maru
    Daichi Maru 14 days ago

    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 15 days ago


  • Hola Maui
    Hola Maui 15 days ago

    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.