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Are Extraterrestrial Life Really Visiting Us?

Melvin is an avid reader and a retired chemist after working for a major pharmaceutical company for 32 years.


I do not know how many times that I’ve come across articles or newspaper clippings with statements that our planet have been visited by aliens or extraterrestrial beings since mankind been in existence. Even stories of government cover-up, the secret place called Area 51 where information about it was recently declassified, secret files of UFO landings and people proclaiming they were abducted by these beings and later released. Even the Nazca lines on the plains in South American have been determine to be made by the indigenous people their hundreds of years ago. They are not landing strips for UFOs as some people believe them to be. Are they landing a jet or airplane? The idea sounds so man-made. There is a long list of these stories on this subject that I considered to be so absurd. I do not know whether these are true or not but what I am going to do here is to look at all this from a rational and scientific perspective to explain why I believe all this heresy that extraterrestrials visited this planet as anthropomorphous beings just doesn’t make sense to me. I will present some supporting facts to backup my opinion and thoughts about this subject.


It All Started with the Roswell Incident

I believe this whole “aliens from another world” thing started from the incident that occurred in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Witnesses claimed they saw pieces of a spacecraft shaped like a disk, hence the start of the familiar word “flying saucer”. This word is still used to describe the majority of any unidentified flying object (UFO) many witnesses claimed they have seen. Most of them appear to be a flattened, disk-shaped flying object. Also a rumor started by some witnesses at the time that aliens or extraterrestrial corpses were recovered from the crash with tinfoil and rubber. This rumor was quickly dismissed by the military at the time. The government’s explanation was that a high-altitude surveillance balloon crashed there and as far the bodies of aliens were concern that was a completely fabricated story. Frankly, I believe the government story here. This incident was quickly forgotten and resurfaced almost 30 years later in 1978 by ufologist (is this a word) Stanton T. Friedman during an interview with Major Jesse Marcel.

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A Closer Look a the Story

When you examine this story closely from a rational and scientific perspective this story just doesn’t make sense. It raises a few questions. For starters, why were there no reports of other aliens (their rescuers) in the area later? With all their advance technology other ships should have come right away to retrieve the bodies if these aliens have the same emotions as humans for their fellow comrades. Next, why didn’t anyone in the immediate area get sick due to exposure to unknown bacteria or viruses from another world? That is what happened to us hundreds of years ago when someone from other parts of world set foot here. I think there is a chance this could have happened but was never mentioned. Now, here is one that really puzzled me, why were the aliens using tinfoil and rubber in their spacecraft? That sounds so man-made and primitive for something supposedly made using advance alien technology. Finally, why did the story die and resurface almost thirty years later, and do you really believe this military guy story was true? He probably just wanted some publicity. In addition there should have been more of these guys coming forward with this information.

Friedman probably dug this story up after watching all those sci-fi movies of the 50s and 60s with flying saucers and aliens for monetary motives. After all this incident is what got Hollywood started in the “aliens from another world” movie making business. They were simply preying on the fears of the general population at the time and people had developed a habit of looking up a lot for enemy aircraft after World War II ended in 1945. So if they saw anything in the sky moving and they couldn’t identify it the word “UFO” came out of their mouths. Eventually, the two words “UFOs” and “aliens” became synonymous.


Aliens and UFOs, Some Can Be Explained

Today, in the twenty-first century, I find it difficult that there are people who still believe in UFO sightings even after the government officially announced that most these sightings and very blurry photos were determine to be hoaxes. With current technology we should be able to take relatively clear pictures of something flying over our heads by now. This explains why there are not too many photos of UFOs today; you would think the opposite should happen. It should be thousands of authentic UFOs photos now especially on the Internet and in the news media or unless the aliens stopped visiting us. Also the technology to determine the authenticity of photos are much improved now. I took a look at some of the UFO images on the internet and you can clearly see that most of them are artist renderings, doctored photos, computer generated images, and there are some blurry, grainy ones especially from the 50s and 60s era.

Yes there are some we cannot explain but then why aren’t these guy landing? Are they afraid of us or why are they not communicating with us? We been trying to pick up communications signals from space for years without any luck through SETI so far. Again it doesn’t make sense. Especially if they are so advance technologically they should be communicating without any problem with us. Furthermore, if they don't want to we should be picking up some form of signal with patterns, instead random noise.

Looking at these photos it look like in most cases our Air Force could had very easily shot the thing out of sky especially when they are visually spotted and they do not seems to be moving that fast. I believe these sightings are still hoaxes and some of them are simply extraterrestrial objects flying by at the edge of the earth’s atmosphere. Earth is bombarded by thousands of space debris daily and there is the possibility of a few large bodies occasionally just barely touching the earth’s upper atmosphere when they are flying by and giving off reflected light from the sun like the moon does. This also explains why the bright lights some people see, especially at night, are always moving parallel to each other and only last a few seconds.


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The Vastness of Space Is The Main Reason

To me the vastness of universe is the most critical and rational reason why we probably have not been visited by extraterrestrial beings. Sure, the universe is large but keep this thought in mind, most of the cosmological events that happened in our part of the universe are probably happening elsewhere in the universe so they are governed by the same laws of nature as we are. The same elements in our periodic table are in the other stars, asteroids, and planets in the universe. They all started from the same simplest element hydrogen, which is in everything in the universe. Therefore, extraterrestrial life forms on other earth-like worlds capable of sustaining life obviously are experiencing stages of development in their civilization with the assumption that intelligence also had developed in the process. Some of these civilizations may be ahead of ours and others may be behind ours, but the advance civilizations may or may not have the capability to transverse large distances in the universe.

Here is the simple, logical reason why they cannot or will not be able to visit us. The closest earth-like planet to us, if it does support intelligent life, is 10 light years away and other earth-like planets recently discovered are much further away. That mean traveling near the speed of light will take any intelligent life form more than 10 years just to get here. Any slower will take thousands of years or more. There are probably thousands maybe millions of planets with life in just our galaxy, the Milky Way, but most of those life forms are probably microbes like bacteria or viruses that can survive in extreme conditions.They may not necessarily be humanoid in appearance and any other earth-like planet would simply be even further away making space travel thousands of years or more to get here and only if they can travel near the speed of light. Furthermore, don’t even think about other parts of the universe beyond our galaxy, the nearest galaxy Andromeda is 2.5 million light years from here. The distant alone tells us it will take an alien life-form more than 2.5 million years just to get here if they are traveling near the speed of light. Any slower would be billions of years of travel time. In light of that if you think about it why would someone or something want to travel that far and so long to see another life-form. It is just impractical

The vastness of space makes it virtually impossible for interstellar travel

The vastness of space makes it virtually impossible for interstellar travel

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In conclusion, when you apply rational thinking and facts to the idea of aliens from another world visiting us I cannot understand why people for one reason or another refused to let go of this thought. If aliens ever visit us anytime soon I am pretty sure we all will know about it when and if it happen because the reason is quite simple.

Why? I am hoping that most of the world population would not be wiped out by microbes innocently exposed to us by aliens or the aliens might die from our microbes (Remember the ending in "War of the Worlds"). We will not be able to hide that news from billions of peoples if these scenarios were to happen. A case in point, look at what happened when the European explorers first set foot on the soils of the New World now called North America and South America back in the 1400s. They almost wiped out the whole indigenous population on some of the islands because the people there were inadvertently exposed to an entirely new microbe (smallpox). Let us just hope we are not visited by aliens anytime soon because the same thing might happen to us on a global scale. Mankind could be wiped out entirely if this were to happen. We do not know what the consequences will be if we came in contact with them. The fact is UFOs are just that unidentified flying objects such as space debris or manmade pranks.

In a final note, the U.S. government have just released to the public de-classified files of UFO sightings reported by people from all over the the country. Now you will have a chance to look at these documents and decide for yourself whether or not these sightings are genuine unexplained UFOs or just hoaxes perpetrated by pranksters on a gullible public. In conclusion, even though numerous sightings of UFOs have been documented there is still no conclusive evidence that these UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin or if there is intelligent life out there capable of interstellar travel.

© 2011 Melvin Porter

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Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on May 05, 2018:

Mr Fish, thanks for your comment.

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on May 03, 2018:

Melvin, your article raises many an interesting idea. I have also read many reports of people seeing UFOs. I think many of them are just seeking publicity, some of them are mentally ill, and some of them are true. I have read stories of people being hypnotized and explaining in detail what happened to them. I am sure that in the vastness of space there are other civilizations. I am one of those people that has to see for myself to be a true believer.

Moonie Moons on November 19, 2016:

Ya gotta consider that some civilizations may have already been at an advanced civilization level, having had their first official public contact with ETs maybe, let's say 16.5 million years ago.

Consider it, all possible possibilities are possibly possible.

So, in 16.5 million years of existing outside of the world as they knew it, their first official public contact, knowledge, wisdom, technological advances, New emotional understanding achieved through their first public contact,..... Ya learn lots.

Comparable to an infants ability to comprehend and adapt/accept reality in New perspective when one day staring thoughtlessly at an HVAC manual that is beyond comprehension to an infant, but nonetheless written in stone fact to the "grown up" who was taught how to understand and apply that knowledge.

Same thing. Grander level.

16.5 million years, look at the progress of our internet in a few decades and wonder for a moment....

Not even gonna touch on the ease of communication through Telepathy, or learning Archeoplanetography, we can discuss those down the road a bit.

It ALL comes back to all possibly possible possibilities imaginable instantaneously being entirely possible and worth considering.

Right on, peace be with us all, Love and Compassion to all beings always in all ways, and a bit of Tally Ho!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on June 05, 2015:

You make excellent points. but what if the aliens took great precautions not to infect our planet with their alien microbes. Just kidding. Playing devil's advocate. I have a friend, a highly intelligent person, who tried to convince me that the Roswell stories were real because he went there and saw strange lights in the sky. Really? A race of beings so intelligent that they can travel through space, but too dumb to conceal their lights? I think the local pranksters just like to have some fun with the tourists. It's so weird that people want to believe this stuff. Thanks for debunking.

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on October 17, 2013:

Bat115, thanks for your comment and for stopping by to read my hub. I have always been a skeptic for intelligent extraterrestrial life visiting us. Until I see one then I would be a believer.

Tim from Los Angeles, CA on October 17, 2013:

Good hub... I love this subject. I'm a skeptic but I do have an open mind, if that makes sense.

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on June 05, 2013:

MPChris, thanks for your comment.

MPChris from Atlanta, GA on June 04, 2013:

Just a nitpick, but the facility in Nevada has been declassified. Look up the 'Groom Lake Facility'. It was declassified sometime in 07. And, on Government survey, its located on Nevada Land Area #51. At the very least, that facility does exist, what it does? Weapons research, definitely. Other? Who knows.

I think the largest evidence against visitation is the amount of space out there. I've seen one (optimistic) working of the Drake Equation, which plots that there are currently 3600 space-faring civilizations in our galaxy right now. This may seem like alot, but there are 300bn stars in the Milky Way, therefore, a single civilization would have to explore 80 million stars to find another. Given this, it seems far more likely that they would use remote sensing methods (spectrum analysis), etc.

However, it all depends. As civilizations become advanced, not only do their survey techniques advance, but the actual manpower and resources they would need to conduct survey increase. 80 million seems like an insurmountable number to us, it may take their systems a fraction of a second to get rough estimates of which might have life, and send some drone craft.

We already know 60% of stars don't have planets, and our telescopes and spectrum analysis can identify this rather quickly. Its likely we've already cut our own number down from 80 million to about 30 million.

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on April 01, 2013:

A pragmatic scientific approach to the phenomenon. Within a four dimensional world, observations are correct to some degree. I beg to differ that we are live in such a practical world. The universe is ever expanding and creating new possibilities. Not every thing is known at the moment and existence is infinite.

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on February 11, 2013:

Davidwork, thanks for stopping by to read my hub. I have always been a skeptic on the thought that we have been visited by aliens in UFOs. I would think by now almost everyone in the world would have seen a UFO and aliens by now. I simply believe that if there are intelligent, complex life out there in other parts of the universe that they probably are no more advance than we are technologically.

Davidwork on February 09, 2013:


Haven't been on Hub Pages for a while.

Very interesting Hub. One of the very first Hubs I published was about alien life and whether we humans are ever likely to find it; almost all of that hub expressed the same views that yours has, but I did so in my own style.

On the Roswell/Area 51 incident, you may be aware that the US military did experiment with flying saucer type aircraft at some time in the 1950s, and that is where some of the more modern flying saucer stories may have originated from.

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Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on December 03, 2012:

Nanderson500 and Billdo1603, thanks for your comments. I agree the universe is vast but everywhere there are stars are not necessarily planets there and if there are planets around these stars they may not be inhabitable. Also there are many galaxies out there that are simply too violent for life to even exist in them despite the vast number of stars in them because they have very active black holes at their centers. Our galaxy has a black hole at its center but not as active, that is one of the reason why we are able to live in our galaxy. Finally, the most likely planets for life to exist on would be around stars near the edge of the galaxy. There would not be any stars in the interior of galaxy with suitable planets, if any to harbor life. So there is the possibility that there are not too many places for life to exist in the universe.

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on December 02, 2012:

Considering the size of the universe, alien civilizations would probably have a tough time finding us! No doubt about it. It's just mind boggling how huge the universe is. It's hard to even comprehend.

billd01603 from Worcester on December 02, 2012:

Hi melpor. Another good Hub. After Roswell, people claimed there was a big Gov't cover up and the rumors of aliens in captivity. This fit the Government well. They just didn't deny it. And they could do anything they wanted. If top secret aircraft were seen people would just think they were aliens.

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on February 20, 2012:

Jainismus, thanks for your comment. If there are other intelligent life forms out there I do not believe that they would be that much more advance technologically than we or any other intelligent life form out. The time span of evolution would probably be the roughly the same as ours in billions of years, therefore their technological level would probably be at the same level as our. Keep in mind it took us 4 billion years to start communicating using the electromagnetic spectrum and the universe age is about 14 billion years old.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on February 20, 2012:

Even if the Aliens exist, they do not need to come to our Earth. They have billions of other planets to visit. Why should they come here?

Kyle on November 27, 2011:

Thanks for making this article in a way that' s not trolling. It actually makes sense and not "I've got proof look at me!" attitude.

Now I have a test of my own I would like the author to finish.

I would like the author to copy and quote my entire text ending at the word *attitude* to see how it appears to others.

I will state my final reasons afterwards to prove if my theory of what I am going thru is true or false. :)

Kyle on November 27, 2011:

UFO's are a bunch of BS.

Sparkster on August 23, 2011:

I appreciate what you are saying, there certainly are many hoaxes, unexplained natural phenomena, etc. However, mechanical flying saucers are a confirmed reality. Whether or not they are extraterrestrial in origin in questionable. When the disclosure project started in 2001 there over 400 military and government testimonial witnesses confirming the supposed reality. Today there are thousands including Ben Rich of Lockheed Skunkworks who admitted in his deathbed confession that they had been reverse engineering them. Ben Rich is the man that said the pubic cannot handle the truth... ever! I don't mean to nitpick but once you've delve deeply into the subject you begin to realize that not all these events can be explained in conventional ways. Many of the people who make these claims have passed polygraph testing time and time again. Either their claims are true or they have been deceived and genuinely believe it (who knows?).

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on August 23, 2011:

Sparkster, you must keep in mind artist portrait of images of events happening fifty or hundreds of years before their time are based on stories and heresies passed down from one generation to the next. This is just an artist's interpretation of these stories. Even photos of UFOs today are questionable and many of them are doctored or retouched to change the actual image.

Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on August 23, 2011:

Neither was the word narcissism but it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. What about all the other things I mentioned? I'd like to direct you to the painting of John The Baptist & Jesus from 1710 in part 3 of my investigation. Clearly in the sky is a metallic circular disc emanating beams of light down onto them. I have never seen or heard of any kind of natural phenomena that shoots down beams of light onto beings on Earth in such a way. Flying saucers have now been proven a reality and governments all over the world have admitted it. Some governments have even confirmed the presence of extraterrestrial life and there are declassified government documents that confirm this too.

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on August 23, 2011:

Sparkster, thanks for the comment. The objects in these pictures are not UFOs. That is what they appears to be. Remember the world was a pretty scary place to early civilization and people back then did not understand many natural activities that were occurring around them at the time. Present day observers of these images started calling them UFOs and flying saucers not them. These words were not around before the 20th century.

Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on August 22, 2011:

Flying saucers are abundant in religious paintings that are thousands of years old, check out my investigation. Also, witnesses of UFOs/flying saucers have been exposed to radiation which caused damage to their health as have trees (once again check out my investigation). Although there is no solid evidence of extraterrestrial life it certainly is very mysterious and indicates that these things have clearly been around a lot longer than we could ever have imagined.

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on July 03, 2011:

Robb, just because we can't explain how a group of pyramids were built does not mean something from another world was involved? Man built the pyramids just as they built everything else on this world. Besides, we still have not found any evidence of intelligence life anywhere else in the universe.

robb on July 03, 2011:

All sheep have closed minds. Explain how the pyramids were built then. If our scholars and archetics can't ... im sure u can't either. Closed mined government trained sheep.

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on May 22, 2011:

Ione77star, wow a very long comment here. One more time thanks for reading my hub. In this hub I am making a lot of statements based on facts and logical thinking. For example, the word aliens as extraterrestrial beings was not used until very recent in terms of how long civilizations have been a round. That word was popularized after the weather balloon crash in Roswell in 1942. It was used occasionally in that context before that time in reference to things people simply could not understand or explain in some cases. Another example, communication by electromagnetic means will probably be the only way to communicate over long distances, especially in space, since that is the fastest way information will travel from one point to another. That is probably reason SETI is looking for communication from space not because of an assumption they made that all communication is based on electromagnetism. Furthermore, the manifestation of electromagnetism in the cosmos seems to be the main phenomenon used to understand and described the universe as a whole from the smallest sub-particle to the largest galaxies. These are couple of the reasons why I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to aliens from another world.

Rod Martin Jr from Cebu, Philippines on May 22, 2011:

Hi, Melpor. Good article and lots of interesting ideas, but I think you jump to some unfounded conclusions in places.

Certainly there are a lot of crackpots out there make any UFO (unidentified!) into an alien spacecraft. Some people are pretty gullible, but don't be skeptical for skepticism's sake. There are many things we flatly do not know. We don't have enough information. To claim such omniscience as you imply in your article is just as bad as those who are UFO fans simply because their idea is fun and exciting.

Many a scientist has disrespected ideas just because they don't fit within their worldview. Where did peer review go on that? What rigorous study preceded those conclusions. True, many of their dismissals are justified, but are they all?

I remember reading that one scientist claimed that Edison's search for an incandescent bulb would prove futile. Did he eat any crow, later? Another scientist, in the late 1800's, claimed that we had invented it all -- that there would not be any other big breakthroughs, because we now had the light bulb, phonographs, telephone and the like. One look at today would certainly surprise his "omniscience."

The professional condemnation of NASA scientists' discovery of an arsenic-thriving life form is only one example of this kind of arrogance that ego thrashes out. Other scientists "know better," and don't hesitate to let the offenders know about it. That's not science! That's bad attitude. That's skepticism run amuck!

On another's hub you dismissed the idea of pre-Ice Age civilizations. That may very well be true. Before the last ice age was something like 115,000 years ago, during the Eemian interglacial (similar to the Holocene). But if you were implying that there were no civilizations during the last Ice Age, you may be walking on thin ice. What you're claiming is an argument to ignorance -- a logical fallacy. Just because we don't have evidence of a civilization then, doesn't mean one did not exist.

But then again, maybe we do have evidence. Not many years ago, one of the major arguments against Atlantis fell to the discovery of ruins at Gobekli Tepe, Turkey -- dated at 9500 BC. So much for the skeptics illogics.

The universe could very well be "empty," though I rather suspect there are billions (sextillions?) of other worlds with life. Intelligent life? I wonder. But you assume that the great distances to stars would prevent travelers from making it here. That's as shallow as the SETI assumption that advanced civilizations would use electro-magnetic radiation for communication. Could there be other forms we have not yet discovered? Before Marconi, the idea of radio may have seemed like Jules Verne science fiction.

There is a movie based on a true story about "alien abduction" called, "Fire in the Sky." Was it a prank? Who knows, but the story is compelling. Your idea that aliens would make themselves known the world over assumes too much. You assume that their interests are similar to ours. Maybe they're only interested in checking to make sure that we stay genetically on track. Pure speculation, but why not? We just don't know.

The story of Ezekiel, in the Bible, talks of a vehicle which sounds really strange, likely because Ezekiel did not have the vocabulary to adequately describe something like that. But when he talks of entering the thing, it moving, and him feeling the "hand of God" holding him down, that sounds like a description of the force of acceleration. How else would a primitive describe such a thing?

And the Nazca lines created by primitives? Perhaps. But who is that shaved off the mountain tops (through solid rock, in places) to make the flat areas for those drawings? Somehow, I don't picture the primitives having such skills or such long-range interests.

There are a lot of things we don't know. Being open to the possibilities is what helped Einstein find Relativity, Edison the incandescent light bulb, and Tesla his A/C dynamo.

Reason, yes. But all reason (not unsupported dismissal). And also creative imagination (Einstein swore by it).

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on February 24, 2011:

Brave Open Minds, thanks for your comment and for stopping by to read my hub. I agree, if we want to take extraterrestrial beings a little more seriously we need to look at all of this in a rational and scientific way. Otherwise, this whole UFO thing is a heresy and the thought of extraterrestrials visiting us is just heresy and early civilizations' misunderstanding of what they saw falling out of the sky.

Brave Open Minds on February 23, 2011:

i agree with you that we need to look at UFO sightings in a rational and scientific way (i've seen the doctored videos you speak of), but i also feel as though there is not enough serious research and work being put into this ET theory, because nobody wants to stake their reputation (and their job i might add..) on it.

and why should the idea of ET's visiting us be crazy? ALL of our ancient cultures speak of "gods" (actual beings.. most of them had names) that came from the sky, who could preform "magic"..(misunderstood technology), taught them how to live off the land, make shelter, and to be good to one another. and yet, for so long we have CONVINCED ourselves, that our ancient ancestors created these beings as stories... why would they?

step back and think about it... even if it sounds weird

Say Intellegent ET's came and taught cave men how to create shelter, and cultivate food. the early humans wouldn't understand what a "UFO" (space ship) was, but im sure they would be damn well impressed by the advanced technology of the ET's. so impressed in fact, that they tell/write stories about these visitors to all of their descendants..but after a long enough time, all of the original witnesses are dead, and the "gods" become a thing of myth and legend.

why should this topic be too considered too "science fiction" to be studied and researched on a serious level? When people are no longer afraid to say "i believe that aliens are around us" we can start doing actual research, free of bias.

qwark on February 01, 2011:


My Pleasure!


Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on February 01, 2011:

Qwark, thanks for your comment and compliment. I am glad there is another person out there who see this alien and UFO idea the same I do, scientifically and rationally.

qwark on February 01, 2011:

Hi Mel:

I enjoyed the read.

Of course I agree with you from beginning to end.

The alledged "Big Bang took place about 13.7 billion yrs ago.

The Earth was created about 4 1/2 billions yrs ago and it took "US" this long to evolve?

There's a possibility that life could exist on many other "worlds" in our universe, but that life has had no more time to evolve that we, give or take a billion yrs or so.

As you say, the distances are so incredibly great that unless "other life" has discovered "wormholes" in space and time and have created "warp" drives which we, as yet, can only imagine, visitations from "ET" would be absurd!

I like the way you presented this subject. :-)


Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on January 20, 2011:

Ssaul, thanks for your comment. Aliens and UFOs have always been a very popular genre in movies and TV shows. There are a lot of people who still have a strong interest on this subject even if most of the information about it is not true.

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on January 20, 2011:

Dahoglund, thanks for your comment. I think this is how the whole UFO/Alien thing got started. People were driven by paranoid. Everyone at the time (around the 1940s) had this notion that the government was always hiding information from them. During the 40s a lot of things were going on, the Manhattan Project, the attack on Peal Harbor, the testing of the Atomic bomb not too far from Roswell, just to name a few. Some of these activities were secret projects because the general public did not need to know about them in order to bring these projects to a successful end.

ssaul on January 20, 2011:

lol, every time something mysteriously fall from the Skye it's a visitor or if something is seen in the Skye and can't be identified, no wonder they have a television show portraying about the visitors taking over.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on January 20, 2011:

I find these speculations on UFO's etc interesting. Maybe because I used to be a Science fiction fan. i think there is a combination of wishful thinking and paranoia about the government--the reason that the more the government disclaims UFO's the more these people are convinced they are real.

Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on January 19, 2011:

sdy53, thanks for your comment. I agree with your comment. I believe the entire Roswell incident was simply misinformation and it got out of hand.

sdy53 on January 19, 2011:

It was the microbes that eventually saved our bacon in the "war of the worlds" and microbes will most certainly substantially deplete our population before alien contact does?

Given the enormity of the Universe it is highly probable that other life forms would not be recognizable/perceptible to us , to wit recall the Jody Foster movie(Contact) that conveyed this.

It's even more unlikely that alien life forms would possess the bisymmetry type anatomy that many organisms on this planet manifest. If you believe this assertion then, you realize Roswell(Corona) was "OF THIS WORLD"

Not to detract from your fine article, the crash site happened around 80 miles NW of Roswell near Corona.

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