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. T

    Klattu Barada Nikto !

    December 23, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. oddball

    Ted, Good call. Here it is.
    http://fernlea.tripod.com/tank.html

    December 23, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. T

    It's Borg poop !
    RUN !

    December 23, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kahuna

    So starts the invasion of the bi-directional boob aliens. Their chief weapon is mezmerizing men with the perfect shape of the boob so the blood is drained from their brains.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nu-Clear

    If this is a metal object from outer space, why didn't burn up upon entry into our atmosphere ??? Are we so shallow that we are to believe that this is an Alien object ??? We are fairly intelligent human beings. Give us a break.
    This object is constructed of an alloy known to us. Gauranteed – this has its origins right here on earth ! Give us a break !!

    December 23, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Alfred Einsteen

      It helps if you actually read the article.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • chip

      Oh, I don't know, maybe because it's made of a sophisticated metal alloy???

      December 23, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • kindandgentle

      Did you read the article?

      December 23, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. TJ

    Its the float ball from a space craft's toilet tank

    December 23, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Coexist2011

      I highly doubt a metal ball will get that job done

      December 23, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. jennifercole

    It's a fuel tank for a satellite. They fall to Earth fairly often. Why CNN didn't bother to do any research and decided to call the object "mysterious" is beyond me. I also don't understand how the tank has gone unidentified for a month.

    These sites have some images so you can compare. Mystery solved:

    http://sattrackcam.blogspot.com/2008/03/two-satellite-fuel-tanks-survive-re.html

    December 23, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Alfred Einsteen

      Wow. Good job. It appears that is exactly what it is. Well done. : )

      December 23, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. CL

    Hmmm...gee CNN, research much? http://www.flickr.com/photos/npdemers/4451626178/

    December 23, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ima Snothead

    It is actually a inhabitted planet with wee little aliens on it – we are being invaded and they plan to kidnap Santa

    December 23, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nu-Clear

    Spelled Guaranteed incorrectly. It must have been the effect of the Space Ball.......

    December 23, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Necroman

    Maybe it's a part of the Phobos-Grunt probe – there were some parts that have separated from the probe few weeks ago...

    December 23, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. bobmc

    Well, looks we have been discovered. It is a probe. The invasion is inevietable. Gentlemen power your lasers up.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nu-Clear

    Remember the movie "SpaceBalls ?" This is one of them !!

    December 23, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. gix

    It's the ball from "Phantasm"...

    December 23, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sam Crow

    I hope this is not the plutonium 238 from Apollo 13. That would be bad. All we need is terrorists getting their hands on those pellets. NASA said the P238 sunk in the atoll area where Apollo landed, but do I really trust them?

    December 23, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
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