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. CaEd

    MORK from ORK has arrived for a second visit.

    The older model were egg shaped, the new ships are round and have ears Mickey Mouse ears.
    The ears are designed to tear away if problems occur.
    Obviously something happened to force them off course since the landed in Namibia, not Colorado USA.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • JOHN NEWTON BLALA

      This is an alien invation indeed!! that ball is a biological bomb inside has small micro organisims that will take control of the human mind. and eat them from the inside. were all doommmmed! hmmm its possible!

      December 23, 2011 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Corin

    I find this ball speaks to me. It is telling me that trolls have acquired a camera and are using it to troll UFO nuts again.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. I_Know

    It is a equipment parts for finding out position. It rotated at high speed and keep original direction. I do not know the English name of that equipment but I know how it works.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Suralin

      A gyroscope you mean?

      December 23, 2011 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Hu FLung DUng

      Maybe a gyroscope?

      Looks more like the floating buld in the toilet that shuts off the water when the tank fills.

      Or an artists' (metal sculpture) of a lemon?

      But I like the idea of it being a space probe from another planet.

      December 23, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Booger McCoy

    It belongs to the Kenyan Olympic shotput team.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hu FLung DUng

    Earth launches probes into space all the time. Do you really think that other planets science communities don't do the same thing?

    December 23, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hugh Jass

    It's a trap!

    December 23, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. gager

    It's a net float used in the sea.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jugen

    It's a tear from the ski in the memory of Kim Jong Il...

    December 23, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Beasten

    Looks to be part of a gyro system. There are two sets of track marks going nearly perpendicular to each other. With this configuration the ball could point in any direction.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. jon

    Don't buy the fact it fell from space...not suffciently burn't enough from re-entry

    December 23, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sam I Am

    It's a Trojan egg. As soon as no one's looking, a bunch of little aliens will break out and conquer the world. Run for the hills!

    December 23, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Otherwise

    A metallic ball that size, and weighing only 13 lbs., would have to be hollow, which makes me wonder why it did not smash, or at least dent, upon impact. Can any of you people spell "hoax"?

    December 23, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
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      March 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Euzebiusz

    Jezus, przecież to od Heńka z ciężarówki spadło!

    December 23, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. gemhund

    I cut one open that was found in the Karoo about thirty years ago If the link works, I put up two pictures in my photobucket album http://photobucket.com/albums/rr112/gemhund/?action=view&current=DSCN2580.jpg

    December 23, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • squarefodder

      I looked at your pictures, it looks similar to the one displayed in this article.
      How did you happen to come across it? Interesting.

      December 23, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Deepwater805

    This looks like one of Megatrons turds....

    December 23, 2011 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
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