70 years ago this week, an unidentified flying object crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. The story begins with a local rancher, Mack Brazel, happening upon a debris field while checking his on sheep after a severe thunderstorm from the night before. Along with the debris, which consisted of strange metal with unusual properties, Brazel also noticed a trench hundreds of feet long.
Brazel reported the incident to the county sheriff George Wilcox. Wilcox, in turn, reported the crash to Major Jesse Marcel, an intelligence officer stationed at the Army airfield nearby. Marcel visited the debris field and described the metal as indestructible, even though it was as thin as foil. Additionally, Marcel discovered material, nearly weightless, in the shape of an I-beam with indistinguishable charachters—similar to hieroglyphics. Before returning to base, Marcel stopped at home and showed the strange debris to his family.
On July 8, 1947, the Army Air Force issued a press release stating that a crashed disc had been found. It didn’t take long, though, for an official retraction—on July 9, the wreckage was said to be from a downed weather balloon.
To complicate matters, there are rumors of a secondary crash site and the recovery of extraterrestrial bodies. 70 years later, there are more questions than answers. In all probability, we will never know what really took place.