Ancient Aliens – They Came From the Sky: Ancient cultures from around the world believed that meteorites were sacred stones imbued with the power of the gods. Ancient astronaut theorists ask whether or not these space rocks could be pieces of extraterrestrial technology.
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This is an American television series that premiered on April 20, 2010, on the History channel. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment in a documentary style, the program presents hypotheses of ancient astronauts and proposes that historical texts, archaeology, and legends contain evidence of past human-extraterrestrial contact. The show has been widely criticized by historians, cosmologists, archaeologists and other scientific circles for presenting and promoting pseudoscience, pseudohistory and pseudoarcheology.
Ancient Aliens – They Came From the Sky
The episode opens in Winslow, Arizona where what it says is North America’s largest crater, the Barringer Crater, testifies to a massive meteoric impact 50,000 years ago. It is not actually the largest, just the best preserved. (They probably got the false fact from a Google search, since a web article that shows up in the highlight box falsely says it is the largest.) The narrator gravely warns that a large enough meteor impacts can be more devastating than a nuclear war.
Travis Taylor from Rocket City Rednecks claims that meteors and asteroids can be used to artificially terraform a planet with targeted impacts, or by using an asteroid as a spacecraft by attaching an engine to it. Naturally, the “ancient astronaut theorists” believe that space aliens have been using asteroids to travel the universe for thousands of years.
After this, the show tells the story of the 1902 discovery of largest known meteorite in the U.S., the Willamette meteorite, weighing 15 tons. (It’s not even close in size to the largest in the world—a 66-ton rock in Namibia.) The various talking heads are fascinated that the local Native Americans saw the meteor as a gift from heaven, though the claim that they had long used the meteor as a divine talisman contradicts the idea that it was buried and unseen until someone dug it up in 1902.