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11 Out-Of-This-World Secrets You Never Knew About Area 51

As a huge fan of The X-Files, I’ve done my fair share of research into the mysterious government base known Area 51.

Of course, both the CIA and Air Force staff on site have remained notoriously mum on what really goes down in that patch of Nevada land, but thanks to persistent researchers in recent years, we’ve finally learned some real, undeniable facts about the base that has inspired countless conspiracy theories. science to space science and earth science

Whether or not you believe in alien life-forms visiting us from other planets and galaxies, you probably still feel a tingle of suspicion any time someone brings up a UFO sighting. science to space science and earth science

But as they say, the truth is always out there! Scroll down to see what we know for sure about this spooky location — and what the government is still hiding behind closed doors. science to space science and earth science

1. It Goes By Many Names

1. It Goes By Many Names science to space science and earth science

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According to the CIA, the correct names for the facility are Homey Airport and Groom Lake, though the organization did refer to it as Area 51 in at least one document during the Vietnam War. science to space science and earth science

The facility has also been known as Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Home Base, and Watertown. The airspace around it known as Restricted Area 4808 North. science to space science and earth science

2. The Air Force And CIA Didn’t Admit It Existed Until 2013

2. The Air Force And CIA science to space science and earth science

After a request was filed through the Freedom of Information Act in 2005, the agency finally acknowledged the base after eight years of red tape was cleared, with certain declassified documents detailing its history and purpose. science to space science and earth science

3. They Still Won’t Admit What Happens There Though

3. They Still Won't Admit science to space science and earth science

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Though it hasn’t been designated as a secret base, the current primary mission is unknown and all their research and information is declared Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information. science to space science and earth science

However, based on what we know from recently declassified files, they are likely developing experimental aircraft and weapons systems. science to space science and earth science

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