USA CIA confirms Area 51. Will 'Project Axillary' defuse alien conspiracy theories? (+video)

Few places are as well-known in America’s cultural mythology as Area 51, said to house remnants of crashed alien space ships. A new declassified CIA history of Area 51 hints that high-tech spy craft, including forerunners to unmanned drones, sparked American imaginations.

By , Staff writer

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A moonscape corner of Nevada known as Area 51 became synonymous with cold-war spy craft and intrigue – home to Project Aquatone and Operation Baby Face – but also gave rise to a whole body of UFO literature after a durable seed was planted in the American imagination: Could the truth about whether we’re alone in the universe be “out there”?