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Movies. How Area 51 Works. For decades, a U.S. military installation located roughly 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Las Vegas had been one of the worst-kept secrets on the planet.

How Area 51 Works

Area 51, as it's commonly known to UFO conspiracy theorists and aviation buffs who piece together the details of classified military spy plane prototypes, is a place whose existence the U.S. government long refused even to acknowledge. But in August 2013, the shroud over Area 51 finally lifted, at least a bit. Jeffrey T. Richelson, a researcher at the Washington, D.C. -based National Security Archive, a nonprofit think tank, obtained declassified documents about the development and use of the U-2 and OXCART surveillance aircraft in the 1950s and 1960s.

But that belated disclosure didn't do much to quell the rumors that long have swirled around Area 51. "Area 51 is a riddle," author Annie Jacobsen wrote in a 2011 book on the secret installation. Area 51 officially acknowledged by CIA. The CIA officially acknowledges Area 51, long a fixation for conspiracy theorists, in documentsThe area, 125 northwest of Las Vegas, was a testing ground for Cold War aerial surveillance Document release could be just the beginning of Area 51 information, expert says (CNN) -- Area 51 has long been a topic of fascination for conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts, but newly released CIA documents officially acknowledge the site and suggest that the area served a far less remarkable purpose than many had supposed.

Area 51 officially acknowledged by CIA

According to these reports, which include a map of the base's location in Nevada, Area 51 was merely a testing site for the government's U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs. The U-2 program conducted surveillance around the world, including over the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Exclusive Area 51 Pictures: Secret Plane Crash Revealed.

Suspended upside down, a titanium A-12 spy-plane prototype is prepped for radar testing at Area 51 in the late 1950s.

Exclusive Area 51 Pictures: Secret Plane Crash Revealed

After a rash of declassifications, details of Cold War workings at the Nevada base, which to this day does not officially exist, are coming to light—including never before released images of an A-12 crash and its cover-up. (Also see "Revealed: How Area 51 Hid Secret Craft. ") Area 51 was created so that U.S. Cold Warriors with the highest security clearances could pursue cutting-edge aeronautical projects away from prying eyes. With Boston out, can Los Angeles revive a US Olympic bid? Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was undercut by its own mayor, its skeptical public and, finally, leaders of the U.S.

With Boston out, can Los Angeles revive a US Olympic bid?

Olympic Committee, who were tired of the city's ever-changing blueprint. Next, it might be time to see if there is more Olympic love in Los Angeles. Strangers Give Homeless Czech Man a Ticket Home. The group known as Whatever, while in New York City handing out sweatshirts, hats and gloves to the homeless before winter, met a middle-aged man from the Czech Republic who really needed a friend.

Strangers Give Homeless Czech Man a Ticket Home

The man, who cannot speak a word of English, had come to the United States to work in a hotel. After losing his job, he traveled to New York with a thousand dollars in his pocket to look for work there. He was robbed of everything he owned while sleeping in a bus station. After that, he slept in homeless shelters and lived on the streets for months. The Whatever group had a member that spoke Russian and that is how they learned the man’s story. All he wanted in the world now, was to simply go home and see his family. Despite his situation, he didn't EVER ask the group for anything. Strangers Give Homeless Czech Man a Ticket Home. Dear Mr. President. FluentU Sign up for Free Login to your account Sign up for Free Log In Dear Mr.

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