UFO Days in Roswell, New Mexico

Every June 30-July 3 the little town of Roswell, New Mexico is inundated by an alien invasion as those who look to the skies attend the Roswell UFO Festival. For those who have never seen an episode of the X-FILES, Roswell is famous as being ground zero for America’s UFO mythology. So first, let’s recap.

The official version is that a United States Air Force nuclear detection surveillance balloon crashed on William Brazel’s ranch near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The incident was initially reported as a crashed “saucer” of extraterrestrial origin.

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However, Air Force brass quickly corrected the story saying the debris was from a weather balloon.

That’s how the story remained until the late 70’s, when ufologists began suggesting a variety of increasingly elaborate conspiracy theories, claiming that one or more alien spacecraft had crash-landed, and that the extraterrestrial occupants had been recovered by the military who then engaged in a cover-up.

In 1978, nuclear physicist Stanton T. Friedman interviewed Jesse Marcel, the only person known to have accompanied the Roswell debris from where it was recovered to Fort Worth where reporters later saw materials claimed to be from the crash. Along with Marcel’s testimony and others, researchers have also poured over hundreds of government to reach the conclusion that at least one alien spacecraft crashed near Roswell, alien bodies had been recovered, and a government cover-up of the incident had taken place.

In the 1990s, the US military copped to a small cover-up for national security. They published reports disclosing the true nuclear nature of the balloon and gave Cold War paranoia as explanation for why they lied about it being a weather balloon. They continue to categorically deny any alien connection. In spite of this, by the mid-1990s, public opinion polls showed that the majority of those interviewed believed that aliens had visited Earth, and that some had crashed at Roswell, but that all the relevant information was being kept secret by the US government.

So for UFO Days get up to speed on Roswell with these movies and TV shows.

ROSWELL (1994) – Kyle MacLachlan and Martin Sheen explore the cover-up in this made-for-TV movie.

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PAUL (2011) Meet the guy who crashed his saucer back in 1947 as he escapes from Area 51 with the help of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – hilarious gross comedy ensues.

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THE X-FILES – Roswell is a common thread running throughout the series, but it actually only appears in a handful of episodes.

“The Unnatural” Great episode about an alien masquerading as a Negro League baseball player after crashing in Roswell.

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“The Erlenmeyer Flask” – Deep Throat tells Mulder, “Roswell was a smokescreen”.

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“The Truth” – What was the series finale, this 2-parter ends with Mulder and Scully in a motel room in Roswell.

“My Struggle” – Opening episode of 2015’s season 10 starts in Roswell circa 1947.

STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE – In the 1995 episode “Little Green Men”, Quark, Rom and Odo visit Earth only to crash land in the middle of the desert in 1947 sparking the entire UFO craze.

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ROSWELL (1999-2002) – Covers the lives of three young alien/human hybrids with extraordinary gifts in Roswell.

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FUTURAMA – The Planet Express gang goes back in time to 1947 New Mexico in the episode “Roswell that Ends Well”. It won the 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour), the show’s first Emmy.

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BONES – In the episode “The X in the File”, Brennan and Booth travel to New Mexico where they investigate human remains with extraterrestrial attributes.

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DOCTOR WHO – In the episode “Daleks”, ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston learns where broadband really comes from (hint, it’s Roswell).

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INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996) – President Pullman and Co. discovers the crashed ship and aliens from Roswell in the Area 51 bunker.

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Happy Roswell UFO Days and Keep Watching the Sky!