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 return to his spacecraft.
The “Roswell incident” dates back to 1947, when residents in Roswell, New Mexico reported seeing a mysterious object crash on a nearby ranch. The official government explanation is that a military surveillance balloon crashed to Earth, but many believe it was actually a UFO, making Roswell synonymous with aliens.
The black-and-white doodle, therefore, features an alien crash-landing his small craft on the ranch. He emerges unscathed, but is in need of materials to fix his spaceship. That’s where you come in. Guide the extraterrestrial around the ranch to collect various items that will help repair the spacecraft, and send our visitor on his way.
I encountered some barnyard animals, supersized a few things and got him back up into the sky.
It’s not EXACTLY like the actual event which was prompted by some secret military testing that went awry. All would have quietly faded away (maybe) except for Stanton Friedman who dug up the incident and spawned imaginative interpretations about what happened.
There was not a crash of a UFO at Roswell. There were not alien bodies ever found. The government is not back-engineering otherworldly craft. The evidence does not support such things and the current state of our military expertise should show that after 66 years, we’ve not learned anything much new about propelling spacecraft that we wouldn’t have figured out on our own.
Roswell is a great American story and the town happily promotes the legend. But we must keep in mind that it is fiction. While every minute detail of the Roswell real event might never be revealed (it’s been too long and the records may be gone), we can be reasonably assured that this historical event got a whole new spin that was just too fun not to play with.
Check out the Roswell wikipedia page for tons more about this iconic event.