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Roswell 'UFO' Anniversary Gets a Google Doodle

The "Google Doodle" of July 8, 2013 nods to the 66th anniversary of an unidentified object crash landing on a ranch near Roswell, N.M.
The "Google Doodle" of July 8, 2013 nods to the 66th anniversary of an unidentified object crash landing on a ranch near Roswell, N.M. (Image credit: Google)

Any space fan should visit Google.com today. The search engine is commemorating the 66th anniversary of the "UFO" incident in Roswell, N.M., with a quirky alien doodle game.

The game is a tongue-in-cheek nod to what may be the most famous "UFO" sighting in history, when an unidentified object crash-landed on a ranch near Roswell on July 7, 1947, sparking rumors of an alien visitation. Conspiracy theories have never been fully extinguished by the U.S. government's claim that the object was a military surveillance balloon.

Google's doodle is an entertaining black-and-white animated game that puts you in the shoes of a stranded extraterrestrial whose flying saucer has crashed. If you can gather the spread-out pieces of your spaceship from around the ranch landscape, you can leave Roswell and lift off again toward your home planet.

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Clara Moskowitz
Clara has been SPACE.com's Assistant Managing Editor since 2011, and has been writing for SPACE.com and LiveScience since 2008. Clara has a bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics from Wesleyan University, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what her latest project is, you can follow Clara on Google+.

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