Does the United States government have a "secret" space program with a hidden agenda? Are there secret bases on the dark side of the Moon? Are they suppressing proof of extraterrestrial contact? NASA scientists, former astronauts, secret government files and space shuttle videos all point to the possibility that the government is covering up extraterrestrial contact so as not to "upset" the basic beliefs of our civilization.moreless
Did alien technology from the distant past give Hitler and the Nazi's an almost unbeatable advantage in WWII? Wartime documents indicate that the Nazi's had built an operational flying saucer, known as the Hanebu - and were working on what might have been a time machine! Is it possible that Hitler's quest for world domination was aided by rediscovered ancient technology - or even help from alien's themselves? And could extraterrestrial devices have played an important role in America's race to beat the Russians to the moon?moreless
An examination of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, sketches and private journals - searching for evidence or knowledge of alien technology and otherworldly beings. Was Leonardo guided or influenced by extraterrestrials, as some of his paintings may suggest - or was he a time traveler who actually witnessed the many futuristic inventions he designed first hand?moreless
"Did ancient aliens really help to shape our history? And does it help to explain our continuing fascination with stories of gods and heroes?" Throughout history, humans have told incredible tales of gods possessing extraordinary powers - superhuman strength, extrasensory sight and even the awesome gift of flight. Are these ancient accounts only myths and tall tales, or could they actually be based on historical events? And if mythical gods really did exist, might they have been extraterrestrial beings? And could these ancient memories help to explain the enduring popularity of gods, titans and today's so-called comic book "super-heroes"?moreless
Were aliens responsible for ancient catastrophes, wars and disasters? There are many descriptions of "battles of the gods" which caused wide-scale destruction and even eye-witness "reports of UFOs lurking in the shadows of recent natural disasters." Variations of the story of the Great Flood being caused by an angry deity exist in many prehistoric cultures, and both the Book of Revelation and the Dead Sea Scrolls describe a future apocalyptic showdown between good and evil - a final battle which may destroy our world. Are these ancient tales proof that aliens are no more than evil, hostile devils? Or are they our saviors, helping to ensure our survival during times of devastation? Or, might we simply be the prize in an age-long struggle between two warring factions of powerful extraterrestrials?moreless
Did we evolve from apes--or is there perhaps another, more startling, explanation? Asking why humans are so different from every other Earth species, this episode proposes that perhaps advances in human evolution were brought about by visiting interstellar beings.
Many ancient legends tell stories of flying creatures that unleashed their power on the earth. This episode explores the possibility that what the witnesses were seeing were actually space craft. The Hindu story of Garuda, a flying creature, would fit the bill. Likewise, the Greek myths of hybrid creatures may have been the creations of visiting aliens.
Is it possible that ancient astronauts might actually be time travelers from our very own future? Is time travel more than just a theoretical possibility? And if so, what might human beings from the distant future look like?
Have extraterrestrials been visiting our planet for millennia? If so, who are "the Greys" - the small beings with big heads and giant eyes that have been depicted throughout the ages in cave drawings and carved stone figures - all over the world. Where do they come from? Are they friend or foe? And just what do these mysterious beings want with us?moreless
Does the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar on December 21, 2012 herald great changes for humanity? Does it signal the return of Bolon Yokte - a mysterious god or extraterrestrial associated with creation and war? Or, as some suggest, does the calendar's "end" signify the "end of days" due to a rare galactic alignment triggering a catastrophic series of events which threaten the very existence of life on Earth? Or, more hopefully, could it point to a new beginning marked by the revelation of mankind's true celestial origins?moreless
Gods and Aliens is the second episode in the second season of The History Channel's Ancient Aliens. It discusses the fact that ancient myths and legends regarding "powerful gods, mutant giants and fearsome monsters" bear a striking similarity in widely dispersed, variant cultures - and asks the question : Is it possible that these myths and legends are "really eyewitness accounts of ancient astronauts descending to Earth?" And if they are - "Could the demigods of mythology have been the offspring of alien and human unions?"moreless
Strange rock carvings from 8,000 B.C., unexplained "sightings" reported in the new world and a frightening anomaly seemingly plaguing the American West. Could there be a connection between mysterious objects found in a cave and the Native American legend of "Star Beings?" Is there evidence that early American settlers had encounters with extraterrestrial entities? Could there be more to America's past than is found in our history books?moreless
Spiritual leaders known as shamans have healed, protected and advised people throughout history. This episode explores the possibility that these shamans may have communicated with extraterrestrials in order to influence the future of mankind.
Speculation that remote islands might hold evidence of alien bases.
A look at claims by ancient alien advocates that the lost Ark of the Covenant is said to possess divine powers.
Scientists speculate concerning why ancient cultures focused so much attention on the Orion constellation.
The focus of this episode is alien influence and ancient uses of electricity.
Did ancient aliens kill off the dinosaurs to make room for humankind? Did humans and dinosaurs inhabit the Earth at the same time? If not, why then do so many primordial cultures appear to depict dinosaurs, accurately, in their paintings, carvings and sculptures? How could the ancients have had knowledge of creatures that science says died out millions of years ago?moreless
For thousands of years, pyramids were the largest structures on Earth. The best known were constructed in Egypt and Central America, but others have been found all around the world, including in China, Africa and Indonesia. But what purpose did the pyramids serve? Researchers explore strange similarities between all pyramids, as well as the geographic, strategic and otherworldly connections between these mysterious monumental structures.moreless
There have been Bigfoot sightings all over the world. Are these merely false claims - or are they confirmations of ancient myths and legends which tell of ape-like giants stalking the earth? Is there any evidence connecting these creatures with ancient aliens? Could Bigfoot be the by-product of alien experiments in the far distant past? Or are these creatures perhaps aliens themselves?moreless
This episode reports on people who claim that their stories have been suppressed, including a man who claims to have touched a UFO and says he was ordered never to speak of it.
Chariots, Gods & Beyond was the pilot for what became the Ancient Aliens series. Loosely based on Erich von Daniken's book, Chariots of the Gods?, the series became a home base for ancient alien theorists who argued that "extraterrestrials with superior knowledge of science and engineering landed on Earth thousands of years ago, sharing their expertise with early civilizations and forever changing the course of human history." Intelligently written and graced with interesting interviews, quality graphics and often stunning photography, Ancient Aliens went on to become one of the most popular History Channel series of all-time - and it all started with this fascinating two-hour special.moreless
Mysterious relics and sealed vaults may have been hidden on purpose and protected by an extraterrestrial source. On every continent there are stories of incredible treasures which have been lost for centuries. Treasures protected by or possessing strange and deadly curses. Is it possible that the world's greatest ancient relics are hidden on purpose - and protected by an extraterrestrial power?moreless
Throughout human history, the planet Mars has captured our imagination. Ancient Egyptian astronomers were the first to record the red planet on a chart of the cosmos known as the Senenmut star map. Scholars believe Mars played an important role in Mayan astrology (described in the Dresden Codex). Modern translations of Sumerian and Babylonian origin myths record a cataclysmic event occurring on Mars. Is our fascination with Mars simply because of its striking red color and prominence in the night sky - or might we have a more profound extraterrestrial connection? For nearly 40 years now, probes have been sending information about Mars back to Earth. Photographs of the mysterious planet reveal mountain-like formations known as Twin Peaks and perhaps a strange, humanoid face carved into Martian rock. Has NASA found definitive signs of life that they're intentionally keeping hidden?moreless
On every continent, there are stories of children who "stand out" for their strange abilities and advanced knowledge. These children are said to have knowledge they couldn't have. Many ancient cultures have legends about exceptional children who are the offspring of both humans and the gods. Could the stories be more than mere myth? Is it possible there are children on Earth today who can access their alien DNA - a connection which endows them with special gifts and the power to transform society?moreless
The Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia achieved over one hundred "firsts" for human civilization. Advances in writing, agriculture, science, mathematics, medicine, astronomy, transportation, building, military, schools and city planning, all originated in Sumer. The Sumerians credit these achievements to The Anunnaki--giant, winged gods, who are only found in ancient cuneiform texts. Could these gods be more than legend? Is it possible that civilization made sudden, huge advances in development 5,000 years ago as a result of the Anunnaki's presence on Earth? Could the human race have been jump-started or even genetically created by extraterrestrial beings in the remote past? Might the Sumerian texts describing the Anunnaki be proof of this controversial theory? And if so, could we someday reunite with these celestial visitors?moreless
He is the evil one, the Prince of Darkness, the ruler of Hell. Satan conjures up horrifying images of a horned beast whose sole purpose is to destroy humanity. Yet there is evidence that the fallen angel we know as Satan may be misunderstood. New interpretations of ancient texts indicate that Satan may have been an extraterrestrial who was more of an ally to humanity than an enemy by passing along knowledge that planted the seed for civilization. Could Satan's reputation as the personification of evil be his punishment for leading early man out of darkness and ignorance? If so, might his evil acts really be expressions of revenge against the human creatures that abandoned him? Or are the devilish deeds associated with Satan part of a grand plan? A series of moral challenges intended to prepare us for our next, and perhaps final... close encounter?moreless
Exploring why ancient civilizations believed that mountains served as the homes of gods.
Theorists speculate about potential extraterrestrial connections to famous historical figures such as Albert Einstein, Galileo, Archimedes and Aristotle.
They were the messengers of divine knowledge and seers who shared visions of the future. For thousands of years, human civilizations have been guided by the words and deeds of ancient prophets, but just who -or what - were these prophets communicating with? Might the experiences of history's prophets be evidence of communication with a heavenly source - or were seers like Elijah and Joseph Smith actually communicating with extraterrestrial overlords? And if so, are there similar prophets at work today?moreless
Ancient Aliens takes a look at the Norse Vikings and how they became both teachers and destroyers following the fearsome and mysterious gods they worshipped.
Hundreds of gigantic lines, forming the shapes of animals, geometric patterns and even an alien-like being, extend for miles throughout the remote Peruvian desert. Scholars are divided as to who built them and why. Some Ancient Astronaut theorists argue that ancient peoples created these gigantic figures, which can only be viewed from the air, as a tribute to the "gods" who visited them. Others point out that the area contains one of Earth's largest deposits of nitrates, a key ingredient in rocket fuel and weaponry, raising the question : could Nazca have been an ancient mining operation for advanced beings?moreless
Across the globe, archaeologists have uncovered ancient tombs filled with strange items and writings. How is it possible that these culturally distinct burial chambers share such design similarities? Theorists contend that some of these complicated and technically advanced tombs were designed with the help of extraterrestrials.
Sacred bones… Golden hats… And fragments of sacred objects thought to possess healing properties. All around the world, archaeologists have uncovered mysterious relics revered by ancient cultures for thousands of years. Now on display in museums, temples and churches, millions of people travel great distances just to be in their presence. What is it about these ancient objects that draws people to them? Could the truth of mankind's origins be found in the fabric, metal, stone and bones of our distant past? And could these mysterious relics really provide us with the ability to access divine or otherworldly power?moreless
Is it possible that extraterrestrial beings have been abducting humans for thousands of years and, if so, why? Travis Walton's claim that he was taken aboard an alien space ship in 1975 has not wavered. He reports missing time and encountering mind-telepathy manipulation. Several people are said to have witnessed his encounter. But Ancient Alien researchers insist that such abductions are not a modern phenomenon, they say that ancient texts are filled with such reports of abductions by otherworldly beings. In the Hebrew Bible alone - Jonah, Moses, Ezekiel and Enoch all depict what can best be described as being physically taken to other places or dimensions and then returned to Earth.moreless
Powerful monarchs ruling by divine right. Centuries-old dynasties amassing enormous wealth. And legendary leaders wielding powerful weapons of mass destruction. Is it possible that ancient rulers were, in fact, connected with divine or, some would say, extraterrestrial forces? Ancient Astronaut theorists posit that these great rulers were "chosen" and guided by extraterrestrials - and perhaps shared a common genetic trait, a so-called "leadership gene". And might this gene have been–not a product of genetic evolution–but inherited by mankind from some otherworldly source? Investigating the possible connections between powerful rulers in the past and extraterrestrial forces - and asking the question : was history manipulated by aliens?moreless
Erich von Daniken's theories have ignited a movement known as Ancient Astronaut Theory.
Earth is home to some 10 quintillion insects. In cultures throughout the world, insects have been honored, feared and even revered as gods. Could these strange creatures that have inhabited Earth for hundreds of millions of years provide a link to extraterrestrial beings? Is it possible that the ancient Egyptians encountered alien beings which had an insect-like appearance? Is the scorpion-tailed locust described in the Book of Revelations some type of advanced alien weaponry wielded by an extraterrestrial being? Might the Ant People that appear in both Greek and Native American mythology really be grey aliens? Is it actually possible that insects are related to beings from beyond our world, and if so, might they have a secret purpose we have yet to discover?moreless
Reverence for the number three dates back thousands of years, and can still be found today in art, architecture, science, literature, and religion. What is it about this number that continues to fascinate mankind? Could this recurring motif contain a profound message? The ancient Egyptians believed the design of the three pyramids of Giza came from the Gods. Diverse cultures across the world worshipped divine beings that ruled as all-knowing triads. Isaac Newton searched for the secrets of the universe in an ancient tablet that spoke of the power of the number three. Even the language of our DNA is written in a pattern of threes. Could the combination of all the trios and trinities embedded throughout the mythical and religious world suggest that the power of three might somehow connect humanity with divine or, as some would believe, extraterrestrial forces?moreless
Wondrous wizards... Mysterious sorcerers... And heavenly beings... possessed of unimaginable power. Throughout the ancient world, magic was used for everything from healing to communicating with the gods. But did magic really exist in the ancient times? Not as a form of theater--but as a means of replicating the power of the gods? Do ancient accounts of magic suggest evidence of advanced, otherworldly knowledge? A knowledge given to early humans as a means of helping them unlock their own--some might say "divine"--potential?moreless
Are there sacred entryways to the land of the gods? Researchers uncover a mysterious and toxic cave in Turkey - and otherworldly creatures appear and disappear in Mexico.
Mysterious surgeries performed by early humans, strange beings with miraculous powers and secrets to impart - and a possible cover up–destroying centuries of scientific knowledge. Are recent breakthroughs in medicine the result of years of research, or does the knowledge of healing really come from an otherworldly source? Raising questions about how humans learned to heal by exploring ancient possibilities involving the human body and amazing new medical breakthroughs and procedures.moreless
Luminous relics in the shape of human skulls. Otherworldly artifacts believed to harness the secrets of the universe. Are the Crystal Skulls part of an elaborate hoax? Or do they possess a great, perhaps even otherworldly power? The Crystal Skulls are some of the most controversial of ancient artifacts. While there have been literally hundreds of crystal skulls found throughout the world, according to legend, there are only thirteen which are believed to hold an awesome, mystical power whose secrets will be revealed when the skulls come together to form a global grid. Could this so-called "reunion of the skulls" awaken sacred knowledge of the gods? Knowledge that has been hidden from mankind for thousands of years? And if so, will the Crystal Skulls reveal the truth about our extraterrestrial past, or offer us a glimpse into our future?moreless
Demonic seduction … hybrid offspring … strange abductions. In cultures throughout the world, there are tales of intimate encounters with otherworldly beings. Could these stories be more than mere mythology? Scientific deconstruction of human genetic makeup has revealed that our origins are not what we once believed. Biologists have determined that early humans mated with several other species of intelligent hominids : Neanderthals, Denisovans, and a third - as of yet unidentified - species may also be represented in our DNA. Is it possible that tales spanning from fallen angels to Greek gods, from medieval incubus and succubus to today's extraterrestrial sexual encounters are all of the same cloth? And if so, is it part of a "conspiracy", a greater agenda? Might examining these experiences provide evidence of extraterrestrial sexual intervention in the remote past and possibly reveal the true nature of mankind's origins?moreless