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Alien invasion bubble burst

A giant bubble floating merrily in the sky earlier this week had folks wondering if aliens were coming.

All the alien theories were popped, however, when scientific types chimed in to explain the clear, gigantic orb was really just a NASA balloon, according to an Associated Press report.


According to a Bill Stepp from the Columbia Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, the gargantuan, 2-ton balloon is used to check for gamma rays high in the sky.

This explanation is of the same type used more than 50 years ago to burst the reports of the notorious UFO that crashed in Roswell, N.M.

While the balloon explanation is fine and dandy, some folks, especially the type who see the Virgin Mary’s face in their breakfast foods, may still insist we’re being invaded.

“There’s no such things as aliens,” said Tucson Newspaper Inc. employee Tom Martinez. “We’re the aliens,” he added, likening the human race to creatures from outer space.

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