- WASHINGTON -- Call it Area
51, Part 2. On Sunday April 23, SPACE.com will showcase the latest and
greatest images of the super-secret area from the high-tech IKONOS satellite.
These color, 1-meter resolution images show in detail anything on the base
that is at least 3 feet wide.
- The exclusive photos may not show evidence of aliens,
but they do show a runway that is about 2.36 miles (3.8 kilometers), or
about 42 football fields long. This is longer than the runways for the
world,s largest commercial aircraft.
- The images also show a burgeoning growth in the area,
including a doubling in size of workers' residences over the past 30 years.
A geometrically-shaped munitions storage area is also identified.
- Earlier this week, 6.6-foot (2-meter) images of the area
-- captured by Aerial Images of Raleigh, North Carolina -- stirred up great
interest. The company,s website was attacked by hackers and had 10 times
more traffic than the site usually bears, the overload resulted in a 36-hour
- The Air Force only recently acknowledged that Area 51
even existed. The base is 75 miles (121 kilometers) northwest of Las Vegas,
in the arid, rugged Nellis Range. Its moniker comes from its designation
on old Nevada test site maps.
- Beginning with the U 2 spy plane in the 1950s, the base
has been the testing ground for top-secret aircraft, including the SR 71
Blackbird and, more recently, the F 117-A stealth fighter and B 2 stealth
- Ufologists have long-believed that unidentified flying
objects from other planets are entrenched in underground bases in the region
and insist alien autopsies are being conducted there. But, conventional
wisdom says the base is likely a center for super-secret operations dealing
with sophisticated military aircraft.
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