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One of the most famous and controversial places on Earth is without a doubt Area 51. Believed to have been established in 1950, this secretive government facility has attracted a freakishly large number of people, eager to find out what is held secret behind the mysterious facility which is heavily guarded by the military.

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The official name of the facility isn’t Area 51.

According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the correct names for the facility are Homey Airport and Groom Lake, even though the name Area 51 was used in a CIA document from the Vietnam War.

The information from the United States Government about Area 51 is extremely limited. The area surrounding the facility is permanently off-limits both to civilian and normal military air traffic. Signage around the base perimeter advises that deadly force is authorized against trespassers.

What lies behind the gates of the facility has remained a secret for decades. The intense secrecy behind the facility has made it a frequent target for conspiracy theories and a central component in research and theories surrounding unidentified flying objects, Alien technology and alien life in general.

The facility was officially acknowledged in July 2013, following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in 2005 when the CIA declassified document related to the facility, its history and purpose.

The facility is located within a so-called ‘Groom Box’, an area measuring 23 by 25 miles (37 by 40 km), of restricted airspace. The visible parts of the base stretch across a rectangular area of 9.7 by 16.1 km. However, many whistleblowers claim that the surface of Are 51 is just a small part of what lies beneath the surface.

Numerous theories have tried explaining the real purpose of Area 51. Some of the most prominent suggest that Area 51 encompasses the following:

  • The storage, examination, and reverse engineering of crashed alien spacecraft (including material supposedly recovered at Roswell), the study of their occupants (living and dead), and the manufacture of aircraft based on alien technology.
  • Meetings or joint undertakings with extraterrestrials.
  • The development of exotic energy weapons for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or other weapons programs.
  • The development of means of weather control.
  • The development of time travel and teleportation
  • The development of unusual and exotic propulsion systems related to the Aurora Program.
  • Activities related to a supposed shadowy one world government or the Majestic 12

One of the most famous whistleblowers connected to Area 51 is Bob Lazar who has been heavily ridiculed in the past because of his claims.

Bob Lazar states that he worked in the past at Area 51, where top secrets projects are being developed. Interestingly, on several occasions he was subjected to a polygraph: The testing confirmed his statements regarding the secret researcher facilities and alien technology present inside some of the most infamous bases in the United States. According to Lazar, the so-called “UFO’s” were not built by humans, the cabins inside of the craft were extremely small and only a child could fit into them. Lazar claims that these “Flying saucers” were built and piloted by extraterrestrial beings. Mysteriously, it seems as if the UFO’s were made out of one single piece, they did not have a welding point and were made from a material unknown on Earth.