Calmer assessments from official sources and skeptic groups suggest that the HAARP project was much less ambitious, and in any case the federal program was officially shut down last year. The Alaskan facility, however, was given to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for continuing research purposes. At least, that's what they want you to believe.
The new owners of the HAARP facility are holding an open house this weekend in hopes of finally dispelling all the wild rumors. The remote research station's most conspicuous feature is the Ionospheric Research Instrument -- pictured above -- a high-powered radio frequency transmitter array designed to manipulate energy in the ionosphere. Visitors to this weekend's event will be able to tour the transmitter array, which has traditionally been the focus of the conspiracy theories.
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"We hope that people will be able to see the actual science of it," said Sue Mitchell, spokesperson for UAF's Geophysical Institute, in an interview the Alaska Dispatch News. "We hope to show people that it is not capable of mind control and not capable of weather control and all the other things it's been accused of."