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. Djudju

    Kinda look like a piece of the Phobos Grunt probe, could it have already fallen? Or is it another space junk?

    http://www.cnes.fr/automne_modules_files/standard/public/p8308_26845358235da5dc2da4cffe2001f084Dsc04658_maquette.png

    December 23, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
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      December 23, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Shad4th

    It looks like a hydrazine fuel tank. They are used on some satellites for maintaining the satellite's orbital position.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • TheBob

      Nah. I'm going with the giant toilet tank float.

      December 23, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. itoldyouso10

    ALL RIGHT!!! Now I know 2012 will be exciting, we haven't even started the year yet and we have the first African Roswell case so to speak!!! I love the fact that these are the REAL headlines today, it's exciting!!! So, if the Grays and/or anyone else out there is reading this: "YOU GUYS LOST YOUR PROBE ON THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT IF YOUR LOOKING FOR IT!!! Also, are you all trying to tell us about something...?" lolololololololololol You come back to get it, feel free to stop by my place for little if you wish;)

    December 23, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Kristofer

    This is pretty heavy. It's movie material if you ask me. I'm thinking "Space Balls". Could we get Mel Brooks to produce?

    December 23, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. banasy©

    Jim, and I'm a she.
    Doesn't make a difference, you are fun!
    I grew up in the RCC; I no longer follow it, but old lessons die hard!
    You *are* fun..and some of the reactions were priceless.
    You don't mean any malice; there are some who do.
    I'm trying to spot you...you're a tricky one!

    (That's a bass-akwards compliment)

    December 23, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      Thanks, banasy. I still attend Mass sometimes. I like the the sight, sound and smell of a good Mass. Sometimes I wish I could believe. Life would be easier.

      December 23, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. McGuffin

    I guess it's too much trouble for CNN to get a consult from NASA on what it *probably* is. I bet there's an engineer out there somewhere who can immediately say "yep, that's an oxygen tank" - American, European, or otherwise.

    Also, this has been around since November and they're just now reporting on it?

    December 23, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. JOregon

    Cr0we found the right answer quite awhile ago. An even larger one landed in Colorado, it was still warm.
    Check the link it is complete with pictures in the field.
    Identical:
    Cr0we

    But seriously... It's a pressure tank from a Russian rocket.

    http://www.craigdailypress.com/photos/galleries/2011/apr/09/it-fell-sky/
    December 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |

    December 23, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Kal

    OMG! It's a thermal detonator!!

    December 23, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. dermot

    Just google Soviet satellite fuel tank

    December 23, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. TX

    Its full of poooooooo (Joe Dirt)

    December 23, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. dermot

    Actually, it looks a lot like Sputnik.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. AV

    "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."

    How common? once a year, ten times a year? Gimme a break.. it is from some drug running aircraft

    December 23, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jasmine

    To be honest, to any girls out there, it looks like a Lush Bath Bomb...

    December 23, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Major Tom

      Nope. It's two b00bs. BOOOOOOBIES!!!!!!!

      December 23, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. jimmy cocobop

    "Hey! You up there! Stop throwing s h i * down at us!"

    December 23, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. unafy

    May be there is a message in side the metal ball.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
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