Two years ago last month, an exhibit titled Area 51: Myth or Reality, debuted at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas to rave reviews. Now, the temporary exhibit is not only being extended, it's growing, even including what the curators are calling an "authentic alien artifact".
The exhibit was added to the Smithsonian-affiliated museum to give former employees of the top secret base a place to display and discuss their declassified work. Of course, while the history of military spy-plane development is awesome, there's an entire section of the exhibit dedicated exclusively to the one thing on everyone's minds: UFO crashes.
One of the most interesting pieces of Area 51: Myth or Reality is a collection of strange artifacts from an event often referred to as the Russian Roswell. On January 29, 1986, a strange-looking sphere was reported streaking through the sky over the Soviet Union mining town of Dalnegorsk. The unidentified object then crashed into Mount Izvestkovaya, where debris from the craft was collected by the Academy of Sciences.
Eventually, some of the debris, in the form of perfectly round glass spheres, made their way to journalist George Knapp, who decided to lend the pieces to the display.
"I don’t think the Russian scientists ever said it was out-of-this-world, but it had unusual properties. Some of the stuff went to academies and it never came back," Knapp told reporters.
Three Soviet academic centers and 11 research institutes analyzed the objects from this UFO crash. The distance between atoms is different from ordinary iron. Radar cannot be reflected from the material. Elements in the material may disappear and new ones appear after heating. One piece disappeared completely in front of four witnesses. The core of the material is composed of a substance with anti-gravitational properties.
The Area 51 Museum has become so popular that they've decided to expand the exhibit to accomodate even more great stuff. According to museum director Allan Palmer, the temporary exhibit has proved to be so popular that they've gotten clearance to keep it open for another two years.
The museum officially reopens on May 17th, and to celebrate, they're offering 50% off admission and inviting a host of special guest speakers, including George Knapp himself. To get in on the action, head to the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.