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. raghu

    he sphere must contain black money of alien politicians: sent to earth for safekeeping. The aliens must be very afraid of another Anna Hazare amongst them.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • tony william

      Like politicians and corporations on earth.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. raghu

    The sphere must contain black money of alien politicians: sent to earth for safekeeping. The aliens must be very afraid of another Anna Hazare amongst them.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ghostman

    http://fernlea.tripod.com/tank.html

    It is a helium tank from the Russian Salyut 7-Cosmos 1686 (Kosmos 1686) spacecraft assembly.
    Case closed.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted Ryder

      Yep, that's what it looks like to me too. Good job!

      December 23, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I am going to agree with you.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jms

      LOL that's what it is! Thanks for the info.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. benzonaa

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

    December 23, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Deej59

      I know! I've never been happier to live in the northern hemisphere.

      December 23, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
    • vahjayjayaddict

      3.6 foot metal spheres dropping from the sky? don't bother me until 5 foot spheres start dropping. anyway, Namibia has always been known for as "The Random Metal Sphere Falling Capital of the World".

      December 23, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Agnes

      I knw......Pheew!!!! that was close....just at the equator

      December 23, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    DO NOT OPEN IT.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
    • tony william

      Its nuclear bomb from Iran to test us stupidity.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ariakas77

    Space lemonz!

    December 23, 2011 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. bryan

    that last sentence was remedial.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. Smith

    And i needed to know this why???

    December 23, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Deej59

      You're absolutely right, Smith. We shouldn't have bothered you with something so beneath you. You are superior to CNN, its writers and it's readers. Good thing you read this so you could point out what a waste of time it was. May we touch the hem of your garment?

      December 23, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Giorgio Serafini

    70% probabilità parte di missili terrestri,30% provenienza dallo apazio.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jon

    Thats pretty cool that they don't know what it is yet and that its made of sophisticated alloy (whether "man" made or its shape and alloy were caused by heat during its decent through the atmosphere because it definitely at this point in time (unless unclaimed by any Space Agency) gives not so much proof but it helps push the possibility that we might not be the only ones. And what that would do to our views on religion and ancient history quite possibly even evolution that change would be far more interesting to see than anything Obama has been promising and not so much doing. Trippy...

    December 23, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • snowtrails

      With millions of tons of human made objects orbiting the earth,m I hope your first thoughts of its origin aren't extraterrestrial

      December 23, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
    • LP

      Yes, I love how they have no idea what it is or what is came form but immediately say that it is man made and not alien. Um, hello?!

      December 23, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. unafy

    ET message is inside the metal ball...

    December 23, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. lynn barnes

    How about a hollow trogan horse filled with the most deadly contagious viral strain human kind has ever known. Nothing personal to the person who said it is not alien but if something falls out of the sky I would err on the side of caution and take it to a contained lab before opening these things up.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Anonymous0407

    Ghostman posted.

    http://fernlea.tripod.com/tank.html

    It is a helium tank from the Russian Salyut 7-Cosmos 1686 (Kosmos 1686) spacecraft assembly.
    Case closed.

    ======
    Exactly what it is. More over the picture that makes the case is

    note the seam around the edge of it.
    Indeed case closed.
    Good try at trying to frighten people CNN
    Not like you have been doing that since 9/11 or anything you fzucking aszholes

    December 23, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Wall Street Bankster

    Is it just me or does that rock resemble Obama and his funny ears?

    December 23, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Main Street Survivor

      It is just you.

      December 23, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. CJ Topspin

    It has to be toilet related...has to be.

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