Picture this: Summer, 1947. A rancher discovers inexplicable debris in his sheep pasture just outside of Roswell, New Mexico. Said to be a crashed weather balloon, according to the local Air Force base, civilians are convinced that it’s the remains of an extraterrestrial flying saucer. Nearly 50 years after the discovery of the mysterious debris and U.S. military issued reports citing the incident was actually a top-secret atomic espionage project named “Project Mogul”, some people still believe that we have been visited by otherworldly beings.
1. Roswell had much more humble beginnings than what we know today. The city was founded in 1869 when a professional gambler named Van C. Smith established a store on the cattle trail. Smith was the son of Roswell Smith, a prominent lawyer in Lafayette, Indiana and named the town Roswell, after his father. Now, Roswell rings in as New Mexico’s fourth largest city.
2. In the summer of 1947, something crash landed on a rancher’s sheep pasture. Although officials from the local Air Force claim it was pieces of a weather balloon from Project MOGUL, many embrace a much more interesting theory. The idea of a UFO is always exciting. When the Air Force made unsubstantiated claims and a variety of contradictory statements, there was fuel added to the extraterrestrial frenzy. To most anyone who saw the debris of the crash first-hand or has seen the photographs released in the newspaper, it’s very clear that whatever crashed, was not a weather balloon.
3. Project MOGUL was a top-secret atomic espionage project being held at New Mexico’s Alamogordo Air Field. The Air Force used sturdy high-altitude weather balloons to carry low-frequency sound sensors into the tropopause. The basic goal of this project was to send microphones into this sound channel to eavesdrop on nuclear tests as far away as the Soviet Union. The most Project MOGUL accomplished was acting as a temporary scapegoat for the Air Force.
4. Glen Dennis was a mortician in Roswell during the 1940s. Glen claims to have been contacted by the military in search of several small coffins. Once he arrived at the base, he claims that things got even stranger. Later, according to Glen, a nurse even informed him that aliens had been recovered.
5. Extraterrestrial beings have been described in multiple scenarios over Roswell’s history. Through time, an eerily similar account has been given from many different sources. They all speak of seeing small, thin beings with large eyes. These aliens almost sound adorable.
6. Roswell is featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game. In keeping with the mystery of Roswell, there is an accidental glitch in the level that can act as a cheat.