In 1985, Bob White and a friend were traveling from Denver to Las Vegas when they encountered something extraordinary. While driving along a desolate highway near the Colorado-Utah border in the early morning hours, they witnessed a massive object in the sky. White described it as “huge… absolutely huge.” As the unidentified craft ascended and vanished into the night sky, an orange light descended towards the ground. Intrigued, White recovered the object, which measured about 7.5 inches in length and was teardrop-shaped.

This encounter profoundly altered White’s life. He became determined to share his discovery with the world. However, his journey has been fraught with skepticism and ridicule. Despite these challenges, White remains steadfast in his belief that the artifact is of extraterrestrial origin.

Bob White, residing in Reeds Spring, Missouri, has dedicated nearly two decades to proving the authenticity of his find. The artifact, which he believes came from a UFO, is now housed in the Museum of the Unexplained—a small museum he co-founded. Housed in a converted video rental store, the museum’s modest setup belies White’s ambitions for national recognition.

Bob White’s Alien Artifact

White’s frustration is palpable. Despite his efforts, which have included spending over $60,000 on travel, conferences, and scientific testing, mainstream acceptance remains elusive. He and his museum partner, Robert Gibbons, have faced repeated rejections from both the scientific community and the media. Yet, White’s resolve is unshaken. At 73 years old, he continues to push for broader recognition of his artifact.

The night of the encounter is etched vividly in White’s memory. While his friend drove, White was asleep in the passenger seat. Around 2 or 3 a.m., his friend woke him to point out a distant light. Initially dismissive, White returned to sleep. A short time later, his friend woke him again, this time to witness a much closer and blinding light. Stepping out of the car, White observed a massive object hovering about 100 yards away.

White described the craft’s sudden ascent and subsequent merging with what he speculated to be a “mother ship.” As the crafts vanished, an orange light fell to the ground. Upon inspection, White found the object, which he later discovered was metallic, coarse, and weighing under two pounds.

White has subjected the artifact to various scientific analyses, hoping to validate his claims. In 1996, the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) sent a sample to the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology for analysis. The results were inconclusive. Colm Kelleher of NIDS noted that while the metallurgical analysis did not indicate extraterrestrial origin, the investigation did not cover every possible aspect due to resource constraints.


Another test conducted by a California laboratory also failed to confirm extraterrestrial origins. The unnamed scientist involved concluded that the artifact showed no unusual properties.

Skeptics, including scientists from institutions like NORAD, have offered alternative explanations. Sgt. Gary Carpenter from NORAD suggested that the lights White saw were likely space debris or meteorites, phenomena often mistaken for UFOs. This view is supported by the lack of any extraterrestrial signature in the artifact’s tests.

Despite these scientific opinions, White’s belief in the artifact’s otherworldly origin remains unshaken. His skepticism prior to 1985 gives way to unwavering conviction following his extraordinary encounter.

White’s museum, located in a small town far from major tourist attractions, struggles to draw visitors. With an annual attendance far below expectations, the museum operates more as a personal passion project than a profitable venture. The exhibits, which include movie props and internet-sourced articles, pale in comparison to the centerpiece—the alien artifact.

Secured with motion detectors, CCTV, and alarms, the artifact’s safety is a priority for White. Each evening, he meticulously packs it in a gun case, ensuring it never stays in the same place two nights in a row. Despite the museum’s limited success, White remains committed to his mission.

Reeds Spring residents exhibit a mix of curiosity and skepticism towards White’s museum. Kacee Cashman, the city clerk, acknowledges the museum’s acceptance within the community but notes that many locals view it with a degree of skepticism.

For White, the journey to prove the artifact’s authenticity is ongoing. He longs for broader recognition and validation from the scientific community and the media. His story, marked by determination and resilience, continues to captivate those interested in the unexplained.

Bob White’s encounter and subsequent efforts to share his discovery underscore the complex relationship between extraordinary claims and scientific validation. While skepticism prevails, White’s unwavering belief in his experience serves as a testament to the enduring human quest to understand the unknown.

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