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. Riddler

    If it fell from space and is hollow, why is it not dented?

    December 23, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jason

      good question. i guess cuz its a basadd metal alloy. the known to man part is perhaps limited to CIA & like one other foreign govt :p

      December 23, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. cdogg

    Good call but the Hydrazine Propellant Tank is 1.922 ft in diameter and the "ball" is 3.6ft. IDK what it is, but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck than it must be terrestrial.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. max hodges

    This is a helium tank from the Russian Salyut 7-Cosmos 1686 (Kosmos 1686) spacecraft assembly
    http://fernlea.tripod.com/tank.html

    December 23, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • PHinMiami

      Good call !

      December 23, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Sidewinder Comp

      Looks like this mystery is no longer. Someone tell Brad at CNN.

      December 23, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Yeah, that's pretty dead on.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
    • MossyRoofTopSEATTLE

      Max Hodges.....that was quick and spot on.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. The Logical Centrist

    can it be x-rayed or given an MRI to see inside?

    December 23, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Spaceman

    ok so if his eyes are on the sides of his head where are his ears ?

    December 23, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. ron

    Doesn't say, made on Krypton, anywhere?

    December 23, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Kong

    Made in China

    December 23, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. SixDegrees

    Why do they think it "fell from space"? This seems to be simply a presumption, without any supporting evidence.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • rob

      http://fernlea.tripod.com/tank.html <- if you look at the images, you can see small craters from micro-meteorite impacts during orbit.

      December 23, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kishore

    It looks like two boobs were joined together...

    December 23, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • 123456789

      Good call

      December 23, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. STeven

    mars attacks.......thats common sense

    December 23, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. benji

    If it fell from space, why is it in good condition?

    December 23, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. abu

    maybe the aliens are trying dump waste on our planet

    December 23, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Kyon

    maybe it is part of a space toilet

    December 23, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. abu

    maybe aliens are trying to dump waste on our planet

    December 23, 2011 at 3:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. SupperTime

    This smells like another Myth Busters experiment gone wrong

    December 23, 2011 at 3:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
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