Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind Based on Facts?

Was Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" more than just a sci-fi movie? Extraordinary information published on the Internet in 2005 by a "group of DIA insiders" gave rise to belief that the scenes showing the landing of an alien craft and the boarding of the craft by 12 human astronauts were based on true events.

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Is this scene based on facts?

Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind hit the screens over thirty years ago and was Hollywood’s first block-buster about UFO sightings and extraterrestrial contact. Released in the same year as Star Wars it actually surpassed George Lucas’ movie in box-office revenue and alerted the wider public to the electrifying question – are we alone in the Universe? Although the movie belongs in the popular sci-fi genre there are voices that some parts of the movie are more of a fact than fiction. In particular – the landing and the contact scenes are believed to depict actual events that took place near Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico in April of 1964.

Alien craft landing at Holloman Air Force Base

Alien craft landing at Holloman Air Force Base?

Preparing to make the movie Steven Spielberg did his homework. To ensure the film was as accurate as possible to the reported cases of UFO sightings, Spielberg hired Dr J Allen Hynek – an astronomer who had been hired by the US Air Force to examine the growing number of the UFO sightings in the late 40’s. Dr Hynek is also known to have served as a scientific advisor to the infamous Blue Book group of UFO investigators created by the US government in order to determine whether or not the UFOs posed a threat to the security of the United States. His role was to examine the truly inexplicable cases and try to find an explanation to them. But the more cases he looked at, the more Hynek’s position changed from firm skeptic to a believer in the unexplained. In Project Blue Book’s seventeen-year history, he oversaw the investigation of over 12,000 reported sightings from all over the United States.

Is it possible that Dr Allen Hynek gave Steven Spielberg an insight into actual events that took place in 1964 in New Mexico where alien craft landed in the desert? And that a team of 12 human officers boarded the ship and took off on a trip to a distant alien world? If you look carefully at the boarding scene you can actually count the number of astronauts going into the ship. The number is 12. It so happens that this is the same number that pops up in 2005 when “former military

insiders” came forward to testify (anonymously) that the exchange did actually take place in 1965 as part of DIA’s Operation Crystal Night, more commonly referred to as “Project Serpo“. The astronauts allegedly traveled to planet Serpo in the constellation Zeta Reticuli.

Information about this program was made public in 2005 as a result of publication of 21 e-mails from an individual calling him/herself “Anonymous”. In those e-mails the “Anonymous” claims to be a former senior officer of the Defense Intelligence Agency and assumes the role of the official spokesman for a group of six other DIA personnel. The group decided that a web site should be created to publish all the e-mails on the Internet, and so began www.serpo.org. The website is now an “official” source for all Serpo-related information.

It is widely believed in the UFO circles that such exchange did take place, however due to the fact that there is no substantial evidence to support the theory it needs to be approached with caution. Although it has been nearly a decade now since the “Anonymous” and the group of other “insiders” informed the world about “Project Serpo”, they have never stepped forward openly in the spirit of disclosure, side by side with other high-ranking military and intelligence officials who have not hesitated to show their faces and reveal their names.

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