An insider’s look at Area 51

May 19, 2011

It’s nearly impossible to think about Area 51 without images of flying saucers and extraterrestrials being conjured in one’s head. The clandestine location has long been inextricably tied to conspiracy theories, government cover-ups and “proof” of life in outer space. This Sunday at 10pm ET/PT, the National Geographic Channel is premiering Area 51 Declassified, a companion piece to Annie Jacobsen’s new book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base. Drawing on over 70 employee interviews and first-person testimonies from experts and former insiders, the program provides a first look at photographs, documents and information that has previously been classified as top secret. What will be revealed? Will any theories be strengthened or debunked? Does Area 51 hold the secrets to alien life?

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