ROSWELL (AP) — Google is marking the 66th anniversary of a New Mexico newspaper’s report of a captured “flying saucer” with an interactive Doodle.
The search engine posted the Doodle on its home [auth] page Monday. The retro-looking black and white game allows users to help the outer space visitor return to a planet far, far away by locating supplies.
The Doodle loosely is based on accounts from a July 8, 1947, Roswell Daily Record story that reported that a disk “was recovered on a ranch.” The report also said the Roswell Army Air Field took possession of the unknown craft.
Those reports, and conspiracies around the finding’s coverup, sparked a popular culture phenomenon around Roswell that annually attracts UFO aficionados to the city to honor the supposed landing.