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In their new drama series, the History Channel dives into the murky world of UFO sightings and explores a very real, but now defunct, project funded by the US government known as Project Blue Book. The project was responsible for separating fantastic myths from real-life mysteries.

Since man first walked the earth – and especially since he first walked the moon – one question has plagued humankind; are we really alone in this wide, unending universe? In ancient times the appearance of shooting stars sparked interest in extraterrestrial life forms. Now, the so-called signs are much more advanced – floating lights, drone photographs, and first-hand accounts of actual abductions.

But where does the fantasy end and the reality begin? Just how many of those floating lights or grainy photos or wild accounts are real? And if they are, is the government hiding it all from us? Project Blue Book hoped to answer each of these questions

The Birth Of Project Blue Book

While extraterrestrial enthusiasts are the butt of many a joke, especially where aliens are concerned (looking at you, Guy From Ancient Aliens), it may surprise you to know that they were once taken seriously.

In fact, there was once a very official project, run by the United States Air Force, that specialized in pinpointing unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and determining their purpose. This endeavor was known as Project Blue Book.

It all began in 1947, when an army general named Lt. General Nathan Twining sent a classified memo to the Pentagon. Titled “Flying Discs,” the memo detailed an encounter Twining had had with a group of disc-like aircraft. He claimed that the discs demonstrated “extreme rates of climb, maneuverability (particularly in roll), and motion which must be considered evasive when sighted or contacted by friendly aircraft and radar..Continue Reading

By Ian Dei

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