Conspiracy theorists, rejoice! We now have proof that Area 51 really does exist. The U.S. government recently released documents confirming the much-rumored military base, which they've officially been denying the existence of for years. Unfortunately, nothing in those documents mentions aliens, which most people associate with Area 51. In fact, the purpose of the base was for something much simpler: it was a test site for the military's U-2 spy planes.
After receiving the documents, George Washington University's National Security Archive made the official discovery of the facility in Nevada, about 80 miles from Las Vegas. The documents, "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954-1974," have been released slowly over time, but new recently declassified material reveals Area 51's main mission. There are no references to either aliens or alien spaceships in the documents and, obviously, the U-2 spy plane testing could explain various reports of UFO's in the area at the time. So make of that what you will.
What the documents do include, though, is a lot of interesting reading material about the U-2 program. Not only does it contain a full list of every pilot involved with the program, there is also information about how the British participated, along with specifics about several unmanned aerial reconnaissance missions. A map of Area 51 is also included, along with accounts of some covert U-2 operations.
Sorry, alien enthusiasts. However, we'll always have Roswell.