• Aiden Gillen stars as lead investigator of UFO sightings, Dr. J. Allen Hynek, in 'Project Blue Book'. (SBS)Source: SBS
‘Project Blue Book’ is a series that dares to ask the tough questions about what really happened at many of the most famous UFO sightings. Well, some of the tough questions.
15 Mar 2019 - 3:16 PM  UPDATED 2 Apr 2019 - 10:49 AM

Did UFOs give us mobile phone technology? Well, not in the sense that an alien spaceship landed outside Nokia HQ and publicly handed it over back in 1983. The reason why you can’t open your iPhone casing probably has more to do with Apple wanting to force you to buy a new one when it breaks and less to do with it being full of weird alien technology that would spray green slime over your hands if you ever did manage to open one up.

Likewise Project Blue Book – a 10-part drama series about the real-life case files of the US Government’s longest running look into UFOs – contains a grand total of zero scenes where aliens gave us the technology that enables us to effortlessly send cat photos around the globe.

But while it focuses on the public side of the UFO conspiracy - the reported sightings and encounters that kicked off towards the end of World War II and convinced many in the Western world that we were being visited by beings from another planet – there still remain a lot of UFO-related questions that need answering.

Questions like…


What’s going on with crop circles?

Strange circles on the ground first started appearing in the wake of UFO sightings in the early 1960s, including one famous case near Tully, Queensland that left behind what was described as a “saucer nest”. It wasn’t until the late 70s that the kinds of complicated patterns we now think of as crop circles first started appearing. They’ve steadily increased in size and complexity since then, though other aspects – such as the way they often appear near roads, populated areas, and popular monuments, almost as if they were being created by human pranksters – have remained consistent.

Then again, they could be the creation of stoned wallabies.

Why are aliens mutilating our cattle?

While mysterious animal deaths go back centuries, it wasn’t until 1967 and a nationally publicised story about the death and mutilation of a horse named Snippy on a Colorado ranch that people started to worry about aliens messing with humanity’s livestock. They’re still worried about it; late last year there was a report of mutilated cattle in North Queensland where, according to the owners, “the cuts were so clean, [the Cook family] believe only a high-tech robot or aliens could be responsible”.

“It’s definitely not a person,” said Mrs Cook. “Whether it’s a sophisticated robot or aliens, we just don’t know.”


Did aliens build the pyramids?

This one’s actually pretty racist if you think about it – after all, why do aliens almost never get the credit for building white people’s stuff? But in the wake of Swiss author Erich von Däniken’s 1968 book Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past, the idea that aliens had visited the Earth in the past and helped out with some building projects in Africa and the Middle East took hold in the West. It was even turned into a US prime time television special, though having Twilight Zone host Rod Sterling narrate it probably should have tipped people off as to just how historically accurate it was.


Is the moon a spaceship?

If you’ve ever read George Leonard’s amazing book Somebody Else is On the Moon, you know there’s only two ways to look at the moon: either it’s littered with giant alien megastructures and NASA is covering it up, or it’s a spaceship that was driven into Earth’s orbit that is littered with giant alien megastructures and NASA is covering it up. And by “covering it up”, he means you can see them if you stare long enough at some extremely blurry photographs and also use your imagination.

Still, he’s not alone: according to a recent paper published by the Members of the Society For Planetary SETI Research (SPSR) titled “Image Analysis of Unusual Structures on the Far Side of the Moon in the Crater Paracelsus C,” they suggest aliens might have a base on the far side of the moon.


Did UFOs give us fibre optics?

According to tech mogul Joseph Firmage, the US government has been sneakily handing out UFO technology to Silicon Valley start-ups: “Most of what Silicon Valley has created and innovated was originally derived from an alien spaceship crash in Roswell, New Mexico, the wreckage of which was ‘reverse engineered’ and released to select companies by the government over the last fifty years… yielding advances in now common micro circuitry, fiber optics and other applications.” 

Is there a Nazi car on Mars?

Sure, one episode of Project Blue Book looks at Operation Paperclip, the Allied effort to extract top Nazi scientists from Europe after WWII. But where’s the in-depth investigation of the recent “discovery” of a Nazi car on Mars?

The connection between Nazis and UFOs goes way, way back, from Nazi bases in Antarctica to zipping around the solar system in hi-tech UFOs that somehow weren’t enough to help them actually win the war because they were totally fictional.

Then again, according to this video - which has to be the best video on the internet - the Nazis flew to Mars to get help from aliens to win the war, only to discover when they got there that (shock twist) the aliens were long dead.


Hey, what about the mobile phones?

We may have recently uncovered an 2,800 year-old alien mobile phone, but unfortunately Project Blue Book isn’t a series that’s prepared to come right out and say that aliens are behind all the massive advances in science and technology humanity has made since 1945 (let alone that Steve Jobs got his ideas from aliens).

So let’s look at it this way: did we have mobile phones before people started seeing UFOs?

Case closed.

SBS will air the double-episode premiere of Project Blue Book at 8.30pm AEDT Thursday 28 March followed by two weeks of double episodes. Episodes will stream simultaneously at SBS On Demand. From Thursday 18 April, the remaining episodes will air weekly at 9.30pm AEST.

SBS VICELAND airs episodes on Fridays at 8:35pm.

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