Collection Finding Our Place into the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond

Into the 1940s and 50s reports of “flying saucers” became an american phenomena that are cultural. Sightings of strange objects in the sky became the raw materials for Hollywood to provide visions of potential threats. Posters for films, like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers from 1956 illustrate these fears. Linked to ongoing ideas about life from the Moon, the canals on Mars, and ideas about Martian Civilizations, flying saucers have started to represent the hopes and fears for the world that is modern.

Are these alleged visitors off their worlds benevolent and peaceful or would they attack and destroy humanity?