Have you ever wondered what it would take to pretty much destroy life on Earth as we know it? As it turns out, not that much, if you have access to the right places and right people. And of course, it would have had to be the 1960s, right in the heart of the Cold War. Luckily, nothing like that happened, obviously, but it’s amazing that only 50 years ago we were on the precipice of a Nuclear Armageddon.
In this interesting, captivating, and dramatic video by Veritasium, Derek Muller visits one of the nuclear bomb launch sites active back in the Cold War, and learned what it would be like to work there, and exactly how they would destroy the world. Derek, with the help of a technician, go through the steps of launching the missile, stopping short just before the nuclear-bomb-starts-a-nuclear-armageddon part. Of course, there is no bomb in there today, but it is fascinating to see how it was done back then. The video is part of a teaser for Derek Muller’s Neil DeGrasse Tyson style documentary on PBS called Uranium – Taming The Dragon’s Tail, a film about the history of uranium and what it’s like today. Check it out on PBS on July 28 & 29 at 10pm ET/ 9pm Central.