Today in 1947, the U.S. Air Force released a press conference confirming the crashing of a “flying disc” near Roswell Army Air Field in Roswell, NM. The object in question was actually a balloon from a top-secret Air Force operation called Project Mogul, in which microphones were flown in high-altitude balloons in an attempt to detect Soviet Union nuclear weapon testing. The initial story given by the air force was that it was simply a crashed weather balloon. Conspiracy theories at the time died down almost instantly, and it wasn’t until the late ’70s that interest piqued again. By the 90’s, the names Roswell and Area 51 were primarily associated with extraterrestrial activity and government cover-ups. Even today there are firm believers that aliens landed instead of a balloon, despite there being no evidence to support these claims.
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