Collection Finding Our Place when you look at the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond
In the 1940s and 50s reports of “flying saucers” became an american phenomena that are cultural. Sightings of strange objects into the sky became the materials that are raw Hollywood to present visions of potential threats. Posters for films, like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers from 1956 illustrate these fears. Attached to ongoing ideas about life regarding the Moon, the canals on Mars, and ideas about Martian Civilizations, flying saucers have started to represent the hopes and fears of this modern world.
Are these alleged visitors from other worlds peaceful and benevolent or would they attack and destroy humanity? The destructive power of the Atomic bomb called into question the progressive potential of technology. Fear of the options for destruction in the Cold War-era proved ground that is fertile terrestrial anxieties to manifest visions of flying saucers and visitors from other worlds who may be hidden in our midst in plain sight. Read more