Google Marks 66th Anniversary of Roswell UFO Incident

Google today is celebrating the 66th anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident with an interactive homepage doodle that allows users to help a lost alien rebuild his broken spacecraft.

The Roswell UFO incident took place in the U.S. in 1947, when an airborne object crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, on July 7, 1947. Explanations of what actually took place are based on both official and unofficial communications. Although the crash is attributed to a U.S. military surveillance balloon by the U.S. government, the most famous explanation of what occurred is that the object was a spacecraft containing extraterrestrial life.

The initial incident faded from attention until 1978 when physicist Stanton T. Friedman interviewed Major Jesse Marcel who was involved with the original recovery of the debris in 1947. Marcel expressed his belief that the military covered up the recovery of an alien spacecraft. His story spread through UFO circles, being featured in some UFO documentaries at the time. Several books about the crash were published in the 1980’s and 1990’s, bringing the incident to national interest, putting the incident into legend in movies such as ‘Independence Day’ in 1996.

What do you think? Was it a weather balloon or a government conspiracy and cover-up? Those interested in the Roswell UFO incident can look up information such as books and articles from the library home page by typing ‘Roswell’ or ‘Roswell UFO incident’ into the search.

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