I was at my dad's house in a small town in Ohio and I just remembered that NASA's space shuttle was just about to launch on the first manned mission to Mars! There was only about 20 minutes until lift-off, but the shuttle launch was just outside of my town so I didn't have to hurry too much to get there in time to see it. I walked to a big open field with a lot of people sitting around waiting for the shuttle launch. It could be seen way in the distance but it looked very small because it was so far away. I wasn't waiting long because the launch happened just after I got there. It was an amazing feeling getting to see the first humans leaving Earth to walk on Mars. It was incredible.
The shuttle was rising, with huge white clouds of smoke behind it, when it started teetering back and forth. It wobbled in the air for a few seconds and then it just exploded. The mission was a failure, lives were lost, and I had the feeling that nobody would be trying to go to Mars for a very long time. It was rather depressing.
Then, I'm not sure how I found out, but I heard that the whole thing was a coverup! NASA had been in contact with extraterrestrials for years and never admitted their existence to the public. The shuttle actually launched, but then the aliens put up a hologram that made everyone believe it exploded. The actual shuttle was equipped with an alien cloaking device rendering it invisible to everyone watching. The shuttle crew was going to meet with the aliens on Mars, but NASA wanted the public to think that the astronauts had died. I wondered if they were ever going to come back and reveal the coverup, or if they were just going to stay on Mars with the aliens.
I've been watching a lot of Stargate SG-1, so it doesn't surprise me to have dreams involving extraterrestrials.