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. Sitnalta

    Looks like a propellant tank. They probably shouldn't be handling it, it could be toxic.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • alain

      Not at allo, this is just a ball fallen from DSK's pants sent from Sofitel to France for laundering.He's got them very big.Lol.

      December 23, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Santa Claus

    "ooops"

    December 23, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bob Dobbs

    Space Herpes.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Vítor Vieira

    It's a Salyut helium tank. Another falled in the USA by 1991. Don't journalists do their job nowadays? Check here: http://fernlea.tripod.com/tank.html

    December 23, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      The journalists job is to keep you interested and reading, not necessarily to tell you all the facts. I find these 'mystery space object', UFO sightings etc.... stories really annoying because you'll never get straight answers on a news site. Thanks for posting the info on what the object actually was.

      December 23, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Russian helium tank

    Russian Salyut 7-Cosmos 1686 (Kosmos 1686) spacecraft assembly,

    December 23, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nazi Flying Saucers

    While the Nazi's did produce hundreds of flying saucers, none of the blueprints found after the war show any parts that would match the description of this 13 lb. metal ball. It's probably just an old hunk of iron some slave trader traded to a tribal chief for some more slaves.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • ted

      Du bist ein Arschloch! Bring dich doch einfach um! Your type is going extinct very fast!

      December 23, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. jim

    I believe that is an anti-sattelite or anti-ICBM ballistic, but how did it not burn up on reentry?

    December 23, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alf

    Maybe some kind of target or decoy for jets.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nazi Flying Saucers

    It does kind of look like one of the purge tanks used on the Nazi BMW model J-38 though. They were made out of stainless steel though.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    This might be another egg from the planet "Ork". Somebody should call Robin Williams over to take a look.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nils

    (sigh) It is a Salyut helium tank...no if's ands or buts....geez folks, come on

    December 23, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Malik

    Post by: CNN's Brad Lendon: I wonder how you were able to get a job with CNN. This is a Russian Salyut helium tank.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. mike

    They will open it and a gas will escape....This gas will then start a zombie apocalypse within our race. Sounds like a good book.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    No big deal just a throw away alien beer keg. It just happen to land on earth....

    December 23, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. iratam

    Alien space probe from Ursplaaa XIXYW – Bow before our new masters............

    December 23, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
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