The Cold War UFO Craze: Background information when reading A Girl's Guide to Missiles

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A Girl's Guide to Missiles

Growing Up in America's Secret Desert

by Karen Piper

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The Cold War UFO Craze

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Roswell Daily Record, July 8, 1947 In A Girl's Guide to Missiles, Karen Piper overhears her father talking about a coworker's belief in aliens. It's just one of many moments in which she associates her childhood at the top secret China Lake Naval Station with paranoia, secrecy and fear of the unknown. While Piper knows that the secrecy of her home is due to weapons development, conspiracy theories began to grow across the country about what actually took place in these facilities, and the most prevailing involved extraterrestrial visitors.

One of the most famous UFO sightings occurred in 1947 at the Army Air Field in Roswell, New Mexico, when a flying disc was observed falling from the sky and crashing to the ground. Roswell's official statement was that this object was a waylaid weather balloon. But was it? Many people believed that the government fabricated the weather balloon story to hide a true alien encounter. This skepticism continues to do this day; when CNN and Time polled Americans in 1997, two thirds of ...

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