Was it an aircraft, weather balloon, or flying saucer piloted by aliens that was spotted crashed near Roswell, N.M., exactly 66 years ago?
It appears Google may be placing its bets on the flying saucer. In a tongue-in-cheek Doodle commemorating the anniversary of Roswell's UFO incident, the Web giant has created a game that involves an alien spaceship wreck.
In 1947, a local claimed to have found the remains of a crashed UFO in field near Roswell. Subsequently, a handful of people also said they witnessed a flying disc hurtling through the night sky in the same area. The event made headlines around the world, but the U.S. military clamped down and denied it was anything other than a downed weather balloon.
Once the game is done, an animation shows the alien flying home, along with a fake "Google Daily Record" news story on a "Flying Saucer Spotted in the Roswell Region." If users click on the bogus news story, they'll be taken to a legitimate Google search about the Roswell UFO incident.
Google Doodle's have become increasingly more sophisticated over the years -- and this game is definitely one of the more complex Doodles. These types of drawings and animations are an integral part of the company's Web design. It has created artistic commemorations for everything from Pac-Man's anniversary to the World Cup to the birthday of German author Franz Kafka.