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Aliens? Maybe not? Or, maybe it is one big conspiracy. Even if you are a hardcore doubter of the “Roswell Incident” there are some eyebrow-raising details about the incident that are a little fishy at best, attracting decades of conspiracy theories and references throughout pop-culture.
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Humanity has always wondered what could potentially lurk out in the great beyond. How could there not be some form of intelligence in our infinite universe? A little over 50% of people believe in aliens in places like the UK, Germany, and the United States with only relatively small fluctuations in numbers across the world.
Just in the United States alone, 16% of people have reported seeing a UFO at some point in their lives. However, the 1947 Roswell incident will go down in history as one of the most conspicuous pieces of evidence that the US government has covered up the existence of extraterrestrial life on Earth.
On July 8, 1947, the newspaper the Roswell Daily Record published a front-page article headlined “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region”. This headline and its sudden recant has become a legend in UFO history.
The documents to the incident have actually been declassified. Today we are going to explore that incident and what the facts say and maybe you can decide for yourself what exactly happened at Roswell.
What happened at Roswell?
On that fateful day in 1947, the Roswell Army Air Field or RAAF issued a press release stating that a “flying disk” had crashed on a ranch near Roswell during a powerful storm. Fueling the overall legend, not too long after the event government scientists arrived in the area, triggering an immediate change to the story.
Once the government scientists had arrived, a press conference was held and that report of a flying saucer immediately changed to a crashed weather balloon. The objects taken from the crash site were said to be foil, rubber, and wood.
According to the US Army Air Force, the object was a highly classified project that would eventually go on to detect atomic bomb tests in the Soviet Union.
Recovered by a ranch worker, William Brazel, his words and description of the device is what originally had triggered the alien frenzy only to later regret his words. According to official accounts, the technology found out the site was part of an experimental technology trial codenamed Project Mogul.
What Exactly Was Project Mogul?
According to the United States Air Force, Project Mogul was a highly classified project lead by the United States Air Force designed to detect sound waves in the upper atmosphere. The technology was born out of Cold War and Soviet Paranoia, with the eventual aim to identify sound waves from the Soviet atom bomb tests.
The technology had actually been kept quiet for obvious reasons and actually played a crucial role in Cold War surveillance of the Soviet Union. This same mystery around the device and lack of explanation during the incident further propelled the rumors of a government cover-up.
A Delayed Response
The Roswell incident did not gain national traction or even international traction until years much much later. In fact, it was until 31 years later, when The National Enquirer ran the story again without the correction, that the story became folklore. The government’s lack of information on the incident and suspicious activity towards the incident is what cemented the Roswell.
What “Really” Happened?
Years later, after the story was published again, the public jumped on the story curious about what exactly happened at that ranch just northwest of Roswell, New Mexico. Reports by newspapers of the military harassing locals who witnessed the event raised questions However, the weirdness does not end there.
In 1978, UFO researcher Stanton Friedman sent conspiracy theorists into a frenzy with an interview of Jesse Marcel, the officer who originally assessed the crash site. The officer described what he saw stating, "It was not anything from this Earth, that I'm quite sure of... I was familiar with just about all the materials used in aircraft and/or air travel. This was nothing like that...It could not have been."
“It felt like you had nothing in your hands; it wasn’t any thicker than the foil out of a pack of cigarettes. But the thing about it that got me is that you couldn’t even bend it, you couldn’t dent it, even a sledgehammer would bounce off of it… I knew that I had never seen anything like that before.”
The weirdness does not stop there. Supposed witnesses gave descriptions of alleged humanoid alien bodies 3-4 feet tall with large heads, large eyes and a hole for a nose at the crash site. Other insider witnesses who have come forward have gone on to describe things like memory metal at the Roswell site and a ship that had no engine.
What Do You Think Happened?
The Roswell cover-up is a long rabbit hole with equally conflicting and matching stories. The facts are that there was a crash that day and the government worked really hard to cover up that information. What do you think happened on that fateful day on July 8, 1947?