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Alien Research Center

Martin Custodio, left, and Rafael Castillo wear Pepe masks while standing near razor wire at an entrance to the Nevada Test and Training Range near Area 51 near Rachel, Nevada. People came to visit the gate inspired by the "Storm Area 51" internet hoax.

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People enter and exit the Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nev. No one knows what to expect, but lots of people are preparing for "Storm Area 51" in the Nevada desert. Neighbors, elected officials and experts say the craze sparked by an internet joke inviting people to "see them aliens" might become a cultural marker, a dud or something in-between.

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