The discovery of something in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico on July 8, 1947 has become the subject of intense speculation, rumor, questioning and research. There are many different views of what actually happened in 1947. The United States government maintains that what was recovered was the wreckage of a weather research balloon. However, many UFO proponents believe the wreckage was of a crashed alien craft and that the government covered up the the incident. The "Roswell Incident" has turned into a widely recognized and referenced pop culture phenomenon, and for some, "Roswell" is synonymous with "UFO" and likely ranks as the most famous alleged UFO incident.