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What is Area 51?
According to Wikipedia, “is a highly classified remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the correct names for the facility are Homey Airport (ICAO: KXTA) and Groom Lake, though the name Area 51 was used in a CIA document from the Vietnam War.” (Wikipedia)
Currently, the purpose of the base is unknown.
Since there is so much secrecy concerning the base, it has caused it to be the topic of many conspiracy theories. The base has never officially been considered a “secret” base, but the purpose and other information surrounding the base has been considered top secret.
Area 51 is located in southern Nevada, about 83 miles from Las Vegas. There is a small town called Rachel close by Area 51, this is for obvious reasons a pretty popular tourist destination. The original base itself is 6 by 10 miles. (Wikipedia)
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In 1955, a trio of secret operatives were looking for a discreet place they could test out the prototype of the U-2 spy plane. They discovered Groom Lake salt flat in southern Nevada and knew they found the right place. On government maps it is labeled Area 51 but is very nondescriptive. For a long time, officials didn’t even acknowledge it’s existence and they obviously never revealed any information on what kind of research has taken place there.
Pretty soon, pilots started reporting sightings of mysterious space crafts which some believed to be UFO’s. People from all over tried camping outside the base to investigate and uncover the truth of what really happened at the base. Only in 2010 were employees of Area 51 able to talk publicly about some of the work that is done there. The stuff they have shared is pretty different from what a lot of people expected. It wasn’t as exciting as some of the conspiracy theories that have developed. (How Stuff Works)
One of the most popular conspiracies was that the government was “reverse-engineering” an extra-terrestrial spacecraft. In the year of 1989, a man by the name of Bob Lazar claimed he had worked for Area 51 in a part called S-4. He said they were so secretive about that part that they drove those specific employees to and from work in a bus with blacked out windows.
In the S-4, Lazar claimed he saw flying saucers. He said these space crafts were powered by anti matter reactors and fueled by a reddish-orange substance called “Element 115.”
“The device generated a “gravity wave” so powerful that if you threw a golf ball in its direction, the ball would bounce off, Lazar recounted.” – How Stuff Works
Lazar said the government was trying to figure out how to use these particular spacecrafts for military purposes. He said he had been fired from Area 51 when he was caught on the premises at night, trying to show his friends the flying saucers.
Another conspiracy theory is that it is used to study captured aliens from other planets. This conspiracy theory also sprouted from Bob Lazar’s statements of Area 51. He said that while he was walking down a hallway in the S-4 part of the base, he saw a gray extraterrestrial through a tiny window. He said he saw the alien standing between two men in white lab coats. When he tried to get a better look he got pushed by a guard, who told him to stop looking. (How Stuff Works)
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Another man with a similar story to Lazar’s by the name of Victor, claimed he saw an alien being interrogated when he worked in Area 51. He even provided some kind of fuzzy video which appeared to be of a human officer trying to telepathically communicate with an alien. This alien was supposedly an extraterrestrial pilot that had been shot down by the U.S. military.
The conspiracy theories have a lot to do with extraterrestrial life. One more conspiracy is that this is where they perform autopsies on deceased aliens. Back in the 1990’s, there was a black and white video released. It showed a group of people in bio-hazard suits cutting open what looked like an alien corpse. The video of the dissection was criticized by many. Professionals said the team working on the autopsy were too clumsy to be actual professionals. Even though there was much skepticism, the video still aired on television in mulitple countries. Years later, the makers of the film admitted it was fake. But they said the only reason they faked it was because the original, genuine footage they had, had been damaged. There have many videos released like this one since then but none have been proven to be authentic. (How Stuff Works)
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Conspiracy is a very popular topic today so there’s no wonder why there is so many theories having to do with the military base. No matter which way you look at it, Area 51 is keeping secrets from everyone. Whether it’s an alien spacecraft or some kind of extraterrestrial interrogation center, maybe one day they will let us in on what has been going down all these years. Until that day, you can believe anything you want. The sky is limit… or is it?
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