What Are Some Interesting Facts About Area 51?


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The name for Area 51 comes from the marking on the 1950's Nevada Test Site map. The official name used after that point is The Air Force Flight Test Center, Detachment 3 or AFFTC Det. 3. The area is also referred to as "Groom Lake" after the dried-up lake bed that the testing site was built on.

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Area 51 also has been nicknamed "DREAMLAND" from an Edgar Allan Poe poem by the same name. The poem states that "the traveler, traveling through it, may not-dare not openly view it; Never its mysteries are exposed, to the weak human eye unclosed."

Due to the equipment around the site blocking out radio signals, no televisions or any type of electronic entertainment could be used in the facility, so a bowling alley and tennis court were built in order to add comfort for workers. Workers have also claimed that the mess halls served fancy dinners of lobster and oysters once a week, notes National Geographic.

There is a conspiracy theory that the moon landing was staged at the area, and believers cite the fact that various space equipment, such as land rovers and life support systems, were tested and stored in the nuclear testing grounds. As for UFO sightings, the facility claims that all UFO sightings near the area correspond with flights sent out from Area 51.

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