World UFO Day beams down on July 2
World UFO Day is July 2—and for all of you out there who want to believe, this is your chance. But trying to find someone who has actually seen a UFO is as hard as trying to spot a UFO.
Many who come forward are ostracized and ridiculed to the point where they wish they had never mentioned the sighting in the first place. Others who have seen these unidentified flying objects remain resilient and insist they saw something. World UFO Day is for these believers.
Roswell, New Mexico is synonymous with one of the greatest unexplained mysteries and most famous UFO incidents ever recorded. In mid-1947, residents of Chaves County reported an unidentified flying object in the skies. Shortly after the object was seen it crashed in the desert and was quickly recovered by Air Force surveillance officials.
While the military claimed it was nothing but a conventional weather balloon, conspiracy theories suggested the UFO could have been extraterrestrial in nature. The local newspaper report published on July 8, 1947 suggested the Air Force had captured a flying saucer near Roswell.
Interest waned until the discipline of “UFOlogy” began to pick up steam in the 1970s. Ufologists concocted a number of different conspiracy theories suggesting the military covered up the crash of an extraterrestrial vehicle in Roswell.
It wasn’t until the 1990s that the U.S. military revealed the weather balloon was part of Project Mogul. The idea of the project was to see if anyone else in the world was testing nuclear devices. The Air Force even held a press conference featuring the debris of the weather balloon.
Even though it was disproven, there are still a number of believers around the world that think Roswell is a government conspiracy. Between 1978 and the early 1990s, UFO researchers interviewed several hundred people who had, or claimed to have had, a connection with the events at Roswell in 1947.
Hundreds of documents were obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests that concluded at least one alien craft had crashed in the Roswell vicinity. Eyewitness accounts claimed aliens, some possibly still alive, had been recovered.
Many of the government’s files on Roswell remain classified. On October 26, 2007, former New Mexico congressman Bill Richardson, who at the time was a candidate for president, said he attempted to get information on the Roswell incident, but was told by both the Department of Defense and Los Alamos Labs that the information was classified.
Hard facts are hard to come by. Even as recently as 2012, Chase Brandon, a 35-year CIA veteran, claimed to have seen photographs and documents at CIA headquarters in Langley, VA proving the crash was alien.
So where do all of these contradictory claims leave us? It’s safe to say the debate is not going to end anytime soon. Science is currently searching the universe for extraterrestrial life.
So until definitive proof is found, look to the skies on this World UFO Day...because the truth is out there.