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16 Times 'Ancient Aliens' Made (Reasonably) Compelling Points

Updated 8 Apr 2019 1.4m views16 items

Over the years, History Channel show Ancient Aliens has become the butt of a lot of jokes. Poor Giorgio A. Tsoukalos is a meme that just won't go away. But early on in the existence of the show, Ancient Aliens actually made some pretty good points and re-sparked an interest in the eternal question: Does extraterrestrial life actually exist?

NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey discovered reservoirs of ice resting beneath Mars' surface, suggesting the planet can sustain life. Then in 2008, the Vatican acknowledged that life on other planets is possible, and declared that the discovery of extraterrestrials would not negate the existence of God.

Chariots of the Gods?, the 1968 book by Swiss author Erich von Däniken, attempted to prove that aliens had visited Earth thousands of years ago. Von Däniken noted that major religions revolve around a story of a heavenly figure visiting Earth, and argued that aliens visited ancient civilizations that welcomed them as gods. One year after the book's publication, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and reignited America’s interest in outer space and aliens. Von Däniken’s theory that ancient gods were actually alien visitors is still highly contested.  

While Ancient Aliens' claims don't offer proof of extraterrestrials, the show certainly presents some plausible explanations for otherwise unexplainable events. So, was Ancient Aliens right? Who knows - but here's a list of their theories that make some sense. The truth is out there, but you'll have to decide if they found it.

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