Mysterious metal ball from space falls in Namibia
This large metal ball was found in Namibian grasslands in November.
December 22nd, 2011
09:53 PM ET

Mysterious metal ball from space falls in Namibia

A large metal ball that fell from space into the Namibian grasslands last month is not alien, officials say, but that's about all they know for certain about the object.

According to a report on The Namibian website, the 13-pound metal sphere with two bumps on its poles was found by a farmer near Onamatunga in the Omunsati region between November 15 and November 20. Explosions were heard in the area before the discovery, but no evidence of an explosion was seen around the area where the object was found.

Paul Ludik, director of the country's National Forensic Science Institute, told The Namibian the sphere, with a circumference of 3.6 feet, is made of a "sophisticated" metal alloy that is known to man, but he said it has no markings that would identify it. No international space agency has claimed ownership, he said.

“A number of tests have been performed on the object, and it appears to be hollow. We are still busy with a detailed examination of the object,” The Namibian quotes him as saying.

Ludik told The Namibian that the object poses no cause for alarm, and that such reports of metallic spheres falling from space are common in the Southern Hemisphere.

So should we expect a run on helmets at sporting goods stores south of the equator?

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  1. Namibian expert

    "and that such reports of metallic spheres falling from space are common in the Southern Hemisphere."

    Gods of space shoot many bb's at Namibian expert

    December 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mcwhieys1

    Thats my robots left nut.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheDUDE

      Is he "fully functional..."?

      December 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Armando

      ha ha ha ha ha

      December 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      very funny!

      December 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dale

    Oh, there it is...grasslands shot put is up there with a good strong hook.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Major Tom

    " reports of metallic spheres falling from space are common in the Southern Hemisphere."

    Oh yeah. I find one of these in my backyard every few days. What's the big deal? Doesn't everyone?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TheDUDE

    Its the toilet from an X-wing fighter – duh

    December 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. soley

    I come in peace...... don't shoot ..... I'm here to tell you to change this planet for good .....or we will concur, we give men kind one year (2012) hi hi hi hi .

    December 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Easy E

    It was probably a propellant tank of some kind. Yes, it's hollow, as evidenced by the equatorial weld bead. Ironically, the only reason it is now safe to handle is that the typically toxic propellant (hydrazine, dinitrogen tetroxide, propyl nitrate, etc.) boiled away rapidly during descent.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JustMe

    How did they conclude that this fell from space? A sphere that is approx 1 foot in diameter, which is hollow, falls to earth with no apparent damage? No scorch marks, no dents? (At least judging from the one photo above). No evidence of explosions in the area – which would seem to imply to impact crater either...

    December 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • crow

      Thats what im wondering

      December 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. caeser

    Don't know what it is or where it came from...therefore it must be harmless Watson,ol'boy.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BeamMeUp!

    Looks a lot like a propellent pressure tank, part of the subsystem that provides micro-thrust adjustments to a satellite's orientation either to the sun for solar-electrical energy or the earth for stable communications. These tanks normally hold a toxic gas, so caution is advised.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Namibian

    13 lbs will hurt much Namibian noodle

    December 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. xvet

    The Blob, Where's Steve Mcqueen when you need him?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. zulu

    Don't tell me iranians hacked a shooting star too

    December 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Waterboard Tickle Me Elmo

    Elmo thinks that's scary.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Namibian

    It's the left ball of the Russian robonaut

    December 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
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