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. Tri Cameral

    me thinks Hitler and Robbie the Robot might have something in common!

    December 23, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. PinkFloyd

    Looks like some type of fruit and someone is pulling our legs...........

    December 23, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Vlado

    The gods must be crazy!

    December 23, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      Damn it, I came here to say that!

      December 23, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. works4me

    I don't believe this was ever up in space. It appears to be some kind of launch support containment tank. Something like this would have definitely burned up on re-entry, especially not being made of or covered with any heat dissipation ceramics. The space quality of those would have still been there. Most metals will totally burn or be significantly damaged.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dan Frederiksen

    I'm guessing it could be part of a gyro on a satellite and survived reentry due to its shape

    December 23, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. bill jones

    It is a fishing net buoy!! Mystery solved.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Chuck

    It's sputnik ! Finally ran out of momentum.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Salem


    December 23, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Oh, Really?

    Wait till it hatches.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Daniel

      Haha! My sentiment exactly.

      December 23, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Justme

    Lets say it did come from space.. If no one is claiming it then it must be owned by some type of ET somewhere in a galaxy far, far away.. seriously tho.. They don't know what type of metal it is but it is known to man.. ???? its interesting for sure.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. It's a bobber

    Aliens have been fishing for people for centuries. Looks like one got away.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Michael

    Wow space balls!!!!!

    December 23, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Namunah

    Similar object had been found near Thai – Cambodia border recently. Could have been from a defunct satellite.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. unowhoitsme

    E.T. needs to phone home.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. zalil


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