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Were alien secrets hidden in Roswell and Area 51? 'Project Blue Book' UFO hunters investigate.

Aidan Gillen returns in the second season of "Project Blue Book," as UFO investigator Dr. J. Allen Hynek.
Aidan Gillen returns in the second season of "Project Blue Book," as UFO investigator Dr. J. Allen Hynek.
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Two locations are legendary among UFO seekers. One is Roswell, New Mexico, where sightings of a so-called flying saucer electrified the town in 1947. The other is Area 51 near Groom Lake, Nevada, where the U.S. government has long maintained a secret base that some say hides UFO-related technology and experiments.

Both of these mysterious and much-discussed sites are front and center in the second season of "Project Blue Book," the History channel drama based on an actual U.S. Air Force program by the same name, in which teams of experts investigated reports of UFOs from 1952 to 1969. 

In the new season, premiering tonight (Jan. 21), Aidan Gillen returns as Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the astrophysicist and professor who served as the real Project Blue Book program's science advisor decades ago; Hynek is known to many as the "father of UFOlogy." As Hynek and his colleagues continue their search for the truth about UFOs, they uncover new layers of government deception and cover-ups, set against the backdrop of an intensifying Cold War. At the same time, the show incorporates historic UFO stories that still stir the imagination today, according to the History channel.

Related: 15 Far-Out Facts About Area 51

While the first season of "Project Blue Book" was an introduction to the strange phenomenon of UFOs, "the second season is about going back to the beginning, to understand where the conspiracy was," said show co-writer and executive producer Sean Jablonski. To do that, "Project Blue Book" went to Roswell, drawing from eyewitness accounts of people who lived there at the time of the alleged UFO crash and subsequent military cover-up, Jablonski told Live Science.

Though the events at Roswell took place six years before the real Project Blue Book investigation began, the story is so intertwined with America's UFO lore that the writers felt compelled to include it, said show creator, writer and co-executive producer David O'Leary.

"It's in many ways the granddaddy of UFO cases," O'Leary told Live Science.

The so-called Roswell Incident took place in July 1947. Following a thunderstorm, strange debris found northwest of Roswell was swiftly collected by military personnel at Roswell Army Air Field, according to the city's official website. A press release issued by public information officer Lt. Walter Haut on July 8, 1947, described "a flying saucer" that was now in the Army's possession. 

However, another press release appeared the next day, this one issued by Lt. Gen. Roger Ramey. According to the new report, the recovered object was a weather balloon. 

"That was the start of the best known and well-documented UFO cover-up," according to Roswell's website. 

Accounts of a "flying saucer" in Roswell, New Mexico, were later disputed by U.S. Army officials, who claimed the UFO was a weather balloon.

Accounts of a "flying saucer" in Roswell, New Mexico, were later disputed by U.S. Army officials, who claimed the UFO was a weather balloon. (Image credit: Roswell Daily Record)

Other episodes of "Project Blue Book" were inspired by actual locations that boast equally compelling associations with UFOs, such as the mysterious Area 51 and Skinwalker Ranch in Ballard, Utah. Another memorable case highlights multiple UFO encounters that took place not on land, but over the Atlantic Ocean, during a series of NATO maneuvers in September 1952 called Operation Mainbrace, O'Leary said.

Related: UFO Watch: 8 Times the Government Looked for Flying Saucers

At the center of Project Blue Book — in the series and in the Air Force program — was Hynek. He knew very early on that government officials were concealing information about UFOs from the public, "but he stayed with the program, because he was a scientist." O'Leary explained. 

"This was a way for him to gain access to cases, even as he was being complicit in the cover-up itself. So it's a bit like, 'How do you expose the greatest cover-up of all time when you're a part of it?'" said O'Leary.

"See them aliens"

The real Project Blue Book ended decades ago, but public fascination with UFOs still runs high; in September 2019, more than 1.5 million people RSVP'd to a sketchy-sounding festival in Rachel, Nevada, called "Storm Area 51" (also called "Alien Stock") with the intent of breaching the perimeter of Area 51 to "see them aliens," Live Science previously reported. (Only a few thousand people actually showed up, and there was no gate-storming and no aliens in sight, according to Vox.)

Footage from U.S. Navy pilots' 2004 encounters with UFOs, recently shared online, further fueled speculation about the government's own experiences with these enigmatic sightings and how many were still being kept under wraps. Indeed, evidence surfaced in 2017 suggesting that the U.S. government had been secretly investigating UFOs since 2007

Then, on Jan. 13 of this year, a spokesperson from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) confirmed the existence of at least one video and several top-secret documents regarding the 2004 UFO encounter. The spokesperson further noted that submitting these materials to public scrutiny "would cause exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States."

It would seem that along with a resurgence in public interest in UFOs is a renewed recognition that the government knows more about UFOs than it's letting on, and is withholding important information, O'Leary said. For that reason, the world of "Project Blue Book" and its UFO cover-ups now seems especially relevant, Jablonski added.

"Project Blue Book, in a way, was the origin of fake news," Jablonski said. "It was the government's program to put out stories that say, 'Whatever you think you saw, you didn't see.' This notion of who controls the truth — and the fight over that — is something that probably, above all else, is what resonates today."

Season 2 of "Project Blue Book" airs on the History channel beginning tonight (Jan. 21) at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.

Originally published on Live Science.

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  • mark alexander
    Seasons after Seasons . . . I bet this program won't stumble into any of Almond-head green creature as portrayed. . .UFO's were there since the not-so-advanced technology. . .and still UFO's in this modern world. . .
    Reply
  • Truthseeker007
    Well yea it sure wasn't a weather balloon.lol! That is when the big cover up started. If anybody believes anything their government tells them now they have their head deep in the sand. How many times do you believe a pathological liar? And what is congress's approval rating now?:DI found it is best to expect the truth to be the opposite of what the gov tells you. They tell you their is weapons of mass destruction means their is not weapons of mass destruction. They tell you their is no aliens means there is aliens.

    Another good show is Ancient Aliens on the History channel. I was happy when that show came out after I was doing research on my own.
    Reply
  • Bdoon
    admin said:
    A search for the truth behind UFO sightings leads to the discovery of government cover-ups.

    Were Alien Secrets Hidden in Roswell and Area 51? 'Project Blue Book' UFO Hunters Investigate. : Read more
    Kudos to Live-Science for being open-minded! Despite thousands of eye-witness testimonies, films, recordings, etc. (including my uncle, a retired "Bird" colonel USAF, combat pilot in 3 wars, WW2, Korea, Vietnam. father of 11, Jimmy Stewart looking/acting) organizations like Smithsonian just out and out deny (at least until US DoD released UFO films). I actually pulled this Live-Science article back out of my Deleted Items file in order to read because I had assumed you would take the typical skeptic viewpoint. I am not a true UFO believer but I do appreciate the facts as we know them. Let me come to my own understanding.
    Reply
  • Nicholas Ginex
    admin said:
    A search for the truth behind UFO sightings leads to the discovery of government cover-ups.

    Were Alien Secrets Hidden in Roswell and Area 51? 'Project Blue Book' UFO Hunters Investigate. : Read more
    Days after the Alien Roswell crash the U.S. military together with the CIA and FBI agencies have distorted all UFO information. Learn the truth about the following conclusions in an article titled, Everything Has a Beginning - Even the Universe ---go to http://www.nicholasginex.com/2018/04/15/everything-has-a-beginning-even-the-universe/
    Partial set of Conclusions:
    >> Big Bang Theory
    no longer credible as energy in space creates visible and dark matter.
    >> Electrons creates elements and may be the beginning of Consciousness.
    >> Aliens on the moon landed spaceships 32 miles long and 2.8 miles wide.
    >> A U.S. surreptitious Government built spacecraft that can travel into space.
    >> Climate Change and poverty can be ended by disclosure of zero-point energy.
    Reply
  • Nicholas Ginex
    I welcome Live Science readers to discuss any part of the paper, Everything Has a Beginning - Even the Universe. Knowledge is a wonderful gift. It's what we do with that knowledge to make a better world for all people.
    Reply
  • Nicholas Ginex
    admin said:
    A search for the truth behind UFO sightings leads to the discovery of government cover-ups.

    Were Alien Secrets Hidden in Roswell and Area 51? 'Project Blue Book' UFO Hunters Investigate. : Read more

    There are significant findings that must be disclosed to the American public. To not do so, people will continue to be led like fools by the fake news media financed by large corporations and corrupt leaders. Below are some of the conclusions presented in the following paper:
    http://www.nicholasginex.com/2018/04/15/everything-has-a-beginning-even-the-universe/
    >> Big Bang Theory no longer credible as energy in space creates visible and dark matter.
    >> Electrons creates elements and may be the beginning of Consciousness.
    >> Aliens on the moon landed spaceships 32 miles long and 2.8 miles wide.
    >> A U.S. surreptitious Government built spacecraft that can travel into space.
    >> Climate Change and poverty can be ended by disclosure of zero-point energy.
    Reply
  • Truthseeker007
    Nicholas Ginex said:
    There are significant findings that must be disclosed to the American public. To not do so, people will continue to be led like fools by the fake news media financed by large corporations and corrupt leaders. Below are some of the conclusions presented in the following paper:

    http://www.nicholasginex.com/2018/04/15/everything-has-a-beginning-even-the-universe/
    >> Big Bang Theory no longer credible as energy in space creates visible and dark matter.
    >> Electrons creates elements and may be the beginning of Consciousness.
    >> Aliens on the moon landed spaceships 32 miles long and 2.8 miles wide.
    >> A U.S. surreptitious Government built spacecraft that can travel into space.
    >> Climate Change and poverty can be ended by disclosure of zero-point energy.

    I will definitely check it out when I get a chance. :)
    Reply