Over the years, the History Channel show Ancient Aliens has become the butt of a lot of jokes. Poor Giorgio A. Tsoukalos has been turned into 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 asking the eternal question: could extraterrestrial life actually exist?
In 2002, the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft discovered reservoirs of ice hidden beneath Mars' surface, suggesting that life just might be able to be sustained on another planet. Then in 2008, the Vatican even acknowledged that life on other planets is possible, and declared that it does not negate the existence of God.
And long before either of those realizations occurred, Chariots of the Gods was published by Swiss author Erich von Däniken in 1968, in an attempt to prove that aliens had visited Earth thousands of years ago. Von Däniken was driven by the fact that every major religion revolves around the story of a heavenly figure visiting Earth, and used this as the basis for his famous Ancient Alien Theory. One year after it was published, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and re-sparked America’s interest in outer space and aliens, but von Däniken’s theory that ancient Gods were actually alien visitors is still highly contested.
Ancient Aliens has made some pretty reasonable claims, and presented a lot of facts about unexplained phenomena. And while the accuracy of their scientific claims involving aliens may come into question from time to time, they certainly present some plausible explanations for otherwise unexplainable events. So, was Ancient Aliens right? Who knows - but here's a list of every time their ideas made some sense. The truth is out there, but you'll have to decide if they've found it.
Archeologists Have Discovered Ancient Alien Astronaut Artifacts
What They Said: Ancient artifacts discovered all around the globe depict ancient alien astronaut technology.
Why It Makes Sense: In Colombia, thousands of tomb artifacts were recovered that all resemble modern-day airplanes, complete with fixed wings, an up-right tail-fin, and a fuselage. In the Istanbul Museum, there’s a sculpture of a headless astronaut in a space suit sitting inside of a rocket ship covered in tubes. Where did these cultures get such advanced ideas about aerodynamics? Ancient Alien theorists believe that these are all examples of cultures documenting visits from extraterrestrials.
Many Religions Have Stories Of Flying Machines Descending From The Heavens
What They Said: Christianity isn't the only religion that depicts extraterrestrial visitation. As a matter of fact, almost every major religion in the world has a similar story.
Why It Makes Sense: The story is the same, but the names are always different: a deity descends from the heavens, communicates with the culture, and disappears with a promise to return in the distant future. For instance, in ancient Indian Sanskrit writings dating back over 5,000 years, there are several instances describing Vimānas, or mythical flying machines, that are over 100 feet wide and move much like modern aircrafts.
The Bhagavata Purana states that King Rama piloted a metal spacecraft that moved like a butterfly and appeared to be in two places at once, and that could project a beam of light that consumed anything it touched. Ancient Alien theorists believe this to be a clear description of an extraterrestrial spacecraft.
The Geo-Glyphs of Nazca Were Created To Attract Extraterrestrials
What They Said: The Nazca Lines were created to attract extraterrestrials.
Why It Makes Sense: The Nazca Desert in Peru is home to an arid plateau that stretches on for over 50 miles, and it is covered in countless geometric patterns and figures known as the Nazca Lines. The patterns include clear images of fish, monkeys, spiders, and even humanoids - all of which are only visible from the air. The shapes also include dozens of long, straight lines.
These designs are clearly man-made and are only recognizable from high-above, most likely to signal extraterrestrials.
The Nazca Lines Were A Man-Made Ancient Alien Runway
What They Said: The Nazca Lines were a man-made ancient alien runway.
Why It Makes Sense: Nazca, Peru has been heavily researched because of its compelling man-made landscapes. Images of the desert clearly show long, flat stripes that stretch on for miles across mountains and valleys - resembling an airport landing strip. How could a primitive civilization have altered the landscape so drastically, and why?
This question remains unanswered to this day, and is part of the reason why the Nazca Lines are such a renowned mystery.