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Detroit History: They Came From Outer Space

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US plastic artist Peter Coffin's 'Flying Saucer' --a 7-meter, LED-studded, SMS-controlled flying saucer and lifted by a helicopter-- overflies Ipanema beach, on May 23, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AFP PHOTO/Antonio Scorza (credit: ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)

US plastic artist Peter Coffin’s ‘Flying Saucer’ –a 7-meter, LED-studded, SMS-controlled flying saucer and lifted by a helicopter– overflies Ipanema beach, on May 23, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AFP PHOTO/Antonio Scorza (credit: ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mysterious objects zoomed across Michigan’s night skies week after week 115 years ago, during the spring and summer of 1897.

Fascinated and frightened earthlings wondered who or what was inside the UFOs, and whether they were friendly.

In those days, public imagination was energized by a wave of scientific discoveries and amazing inventions, along with early science fiction literature. That spring, Michiganders were in the mood for visitors from beyond the sky …

Get the whole story from WWJ Newsradio 950’s Joe Donovan in his Detroit History report:

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