“Exploration,” American astronomer and cosmologist Carl Sagan writes in his book Cosmos, “is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” The obscure, the unknown and the mysterious have always intrigued mankind. Man’s curiosity has motivated him to explore the hidden and the unknown.
We stand on the shores and imagine what could be buried deep under the vast stretch of oceans. Many of us look at the night sky and wonder what lies beyond the thin atmosphere. We hope (and fear) there could be life, somewhere far away from our earth.
And so, from landing on the moon to probing Mars, man’s thirst for space exploration seems unquenchable. The idea that life might exist elsewhere encourages us to try and understand the universe better. This World UFO Day, Soulveda explores some of the strange sightings that have led man to believe there could be life elsewhere in the universe.
It would be no understatement to say the Roswell Crash cemented our belief in Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). A rancher at Roswell in New Mexico found unidentifiable debris in his sheep pasture in the summer of 1947. In the coming years, there were more sightings of dummy drops in New Mexico in the 50s that heightened the suspicion. Though the US Military maintained that the debris was from a weather balloon that belonged to a classified programme ‘Mogul’, many people believed it to be the remains of an extra-terrestrial ‘flying saucer’. This incident became a pop culture phenomenon, making Roswell synonymous with UFOs.