Take a detour on the Extraterrestrial Highway, and you could easily mistake the scarred landscape for Mars. That's one reason why producers of the blockbuster film Independence Day chose to film parts of the movie here. It's also why the US government has conducted testing of experimental aircraft and weapons here for more than 70 years. Nevada State Route 375 is a tribute to the many UFO sightings in connection with testing at Area 51, a top-secret facility at the Nevada Test and Training Range.

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