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Towards the end of his life, Wernher Von Braun, a NASA scientist, believed that the “haunting images of evil aliens wanting to take over earth” was part of a government plan to “to justify weapons in space, based on hoaxing an extraterrestrial threat.”
Just before he died in 1977, Von Braun told his secretary Carol: “Remember, the last card is the alien card. We are going to have to build spacebased weapons against aliens and all of it is a lie.” In the mid-80 s at the height of the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan actually proposed a space-based weapons programme called ‘Star Wars’ . It was the ultimate tribute to the cult of the sinister alien.