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. Fiona

    It's the space version of Whoville, with wee space Whos on the inside of the "speck." They landed in Africa looking for Horton. It's perfectly obvious...

    December 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      You're Funny!!

      December 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheDUDE

      Come on – give them some credit that's the las place tehy'd land...

      December 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Concerned Parent

    WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?!!!!!!! WHAT WILL WE TELL THE CHILDREN?!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Keith

    Maybe it's another Obama,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    December 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • awaysaway
      December 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • It CouldBe

      Maybe it's another Boehner .......

      December 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheDUDE

      Maybe its your diseased Re=puke-lican brain! Durpa Durpa ding dong!

      December 23, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. TheDUDE

    Dudes....seriously according to the laws of Ahkmeds Dispoable Razor – they most illogical truth is the truth (also the GOP motto) so its obvious its Kim Kardashians Diaphragm- duh

    December 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      Nah. Kim would have chewed that sucker up and menstruated out nails.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lou

    Don't worry, it's just another errant cannonball from Mythbusters...

    December 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Eric M

    Superman come back!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. banasy©

    @Fr Seamus:
    What Church are you affiliated with?
    It's not the RCC.
    You, dear boy, are a troll trying to start a discussion about...?
    Go away, Fr. Troll.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fr. Seamus

      It is the Roman Catholic Church.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gary

    Allah has sent his son to earth to die for our sins. His name is Ballah. Start praying is his general direction or you will be beheaded.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TheDUDE

      "All-In-Snack-Bar" Is-lame is great!

      December 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bigwilliestyles

    Alien 1: "you're too clumsy"! Alien 2: "whups"!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Eric

    It's a fuel vessel of some sort. Probably from a dead satellite. The two bumps are where the fittings used to be before they burned up upon re-entry into the atmosphere. That's my educated guess.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Albert

    104 Litre Hydrazine Propellant Tank: Model OST 31/0. Google it. Credit goes not to me..someone already found it..

    http://cs.astrium.eads.net/sp/spacecraft-propulsion/propellant-tanks/104-litre-hydrazine-propellant-tank.html

    December 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TheDUDE

      Dudes....seriously according to the laws of Ahkmeds Dispoable Razor – they most illogical truth is the truth (also the GOP motto) so its obvious its Kim Kardashians Diaphragm- duh

      December 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Martin

    Keith, don't quit your day job. Your attempt at humor was beyond lame.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Fr. Seamus

    Pray all of you, this very night! The Internet can be used for the glory of God!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Rocket Geek

    That's a spacecraft propellant tank. I'm amazed that it survived reentry, they have very thin walls and usually burn up on reentry.

    http://cs.astrium.eads.net/sp/spacecraft-propulsion/propellant-tanks/manufacturing.html

    December 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. flopflipper

    Somebody's idea of anti-missile defense system skeet shooting.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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