NASA Developed Rain Clouds Generator Engine, Video: Fact Check


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NASA Developed Rain Clouds Generator Engine, Video

Story:

NASA Developed this Amazing Rain Clouds Generator Engine
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Other Versions

1. Watch this Rain cloud generating machine developed by NASA

2. (Hindi)

नासा ने बनाई ये बादल बनाने वाली अद्भुत मशीन

Fact Check:

An interesting video in heavy circulation online alleges to show NASA Developed an Amazing Rain Clouds Generator Engine. The video appears to show a vast machine producing large amounts of smoke, which allegedly goes up into sky, forms clouds and comes down as rainfall later. No, the claims associated to the video are not true – it does not show any rain clouds generator from NASA.

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About the Video of ‘NASA’s Rain Clouds Generator’

The video in question is doing rounds online since a while. On 26th June 2019, Bollywood legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan retweeted a tweet of the story asking if we can get one such machine in India right now. Subsequently, the post garnered thousands of likes and retweets making the video viral.

Screenshot of Amitabh Bachchan retweeting the video in story
Screenshot of Amitabh Bachchan retweeting the video in story

As you can see, the video starts with a footage showing a machine producing large amounts of smoke. Close observation reveals, after some time, the video actually switches to another footage carrying BBC logo on top left side. At the end of the video, the host seems to explain the scene saying the fat cloud up there is a mix of Hydrogen and Oxygen (water vapor) and it is going to rain after an hour.

Image of Rocket Engine test at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi
Rocket Engine test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi

Clever Mix of Different Videos

Our study reveals the first part of the footage showing smoke shooting out is in fact a Rocket Engine test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The test conducted back in October 2017 is of a RS-25 engine to power NASA’s next-generation rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS) for deep space missions. Below is the video of the rocket engine test from which the clip is taken.

The other footage showing presenter Jeremy Clarkson comes from BBC Channel’s Top Gear programme shared on YouTube back in October 2010 (see video below). Unlike the claim, it shows Space Shuttle Rocket Booster Test at the same NASA Space Center in Mississippi. Looks like, the “rain” shown in the video is a side effect of the rocket booster test.

Image of Jeremy Clarkson presenting BBC Channel's Top Gear programme
Jeremy Clarkson presenting BBC Channel’s Top Gear programme

For your information, there’s an artificial weather modification technique called Cloud Seeding to increase rainfall. The process however involves dispersing substances into the air which help in cloud condensation and alter the microphysical processes within the cloud.

Coming back to the story, the claims that the first video shows an amazing rain clouds generator engine developed by NASA is therefore a hoax. Someone brought together at least two different videos related to rocket tests and came up with a fabricated story.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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