Google Doodle Marks Famous Roswell Anniversary

A prop of an alien at a UFO museum in Roswell, New Mexico. Photograph by Peter Essick, National Geographic

Whether you are a skeptic or a believer in the existence of aliens, you’ve got to love today’s new Google doodle honoring what is arguably the prototype for all modern-day UFO and alien cover-up conspiracy theories.

Sixty-six years ago today, witnesses near Roswell, New Mexico reported seeing flying saucers and a suspicious crash scene, complete with strange unidentified material, and even supposed alien bodies scattered around on a local rancher’s property.  Over the years the U.S. government tried to put an end to all the speculation by claiming the recovered materials were part of high-altitude balloons and the accounts of ‘bodies’ and spaceship wreckage were simply crash-test dummies and elaborate hoaxes.

This controversial incident remains today the most legendary UFO incident on record and has spawned countless reports of encounters with extraterrestrials—fueling the imagination of science fiction writers and Hollywood producers alike.

A shot from today’s Google doodle, commemorating Roswell’s 66th anniversary. Image courtesy Google.

In honor of this mysterious event, Google is rolling out a quirky,  interactive adventure game in black and white on its homepage. Click on the alien head that replaces the second letter ‘O’ in the search engine’s logo and users get to help the hapless little extraterrestrial recover parts of his broken spaceship.

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Andrew Fazekas, aka The Night Sky Guy, is a science writer, broadcaster, and lecturer who loves to share his passion for the wonders of the universe through all media. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic News and is the national cosmic correspondent for Canada’s Weather Network TV channel, space columnist for CBC Radio network, and a consultant for the Canadian Space Agency. As a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Andrew has been observing the heavens from Montreal for over a quarter century and has never met a clear night sky he didn’t like.