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. palintwit

    Astronomers at the prestigous Sarah Palin Galactic Obsevatory / Bait Shop have been able to identify this object as a battery operated adult toy belonging to none other than... yes, you guessed it... Sarah Palin.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • usmc1

      stupid

      December 23, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • NatX

      Got to be the worst post ever......

      December 23, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Moosemiester

      I'm guessing "PalinTwit" is about 13 years old and starved for attention. This is not a political story please, please just go away.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Palinwitisanidiot

      that wasn't even close to amusing

      December 23, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Simple

    Weird how that exact same sphere type object is eerily used as well in oil field equipment -

    Looks exactly like a float that I use in my oil field tanks.

    But I think saying its a mystery just cause its round and metal is awesome.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jpip

      Did one of your oil field tanks blow up recently?

      December 23, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Furious Styles

    Solarbabies!!!!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nik

    It's a hydrazine talk from a satellite: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2796/4451626178_1b93e78d0a_z.jpg?zz=1

    December 23, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alex

      Nice job!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Veronica13

      Yep. Sure looks like it. Thanks.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • RO

      Sure looks like it!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • answerman

      funny its taking the media forever to figure it out, a month already.... keep it a mystery and the people will flock to the story!!!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Foghole Bottom

      Need to be careful with it; hydrazine is deadly poisonous.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • rgill

      If this is a hydrazine tank, it could be quite dangerous. Hydrazine is highly toxic and unstable. A few years back, the US government shot down an old spy satellite for fear its hydrazine might get back into the atmosphere.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • you_rang

      WOW . . . I agree, looks just like it, good job; would you call the USA Congress and help them too!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shooter

    Stand by, people! This is the beginning of the space invaders. Soon, zombies will be taking over countries and regions. Be ready. lol

    December 23, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • palintwit

      Zombies have already taken over the trailer parks. They're called "teabaggers".

      December 23, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • NatX

      Man I hope so. I still have my Y2K bunker stocked up and ready to ROLL!!!!!!

      December 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      And I love how they deliberately point out that it, "is made of a "sophisticated" metal alloy that is known to man", lending a further air of 'alien' mystery.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ken

    Looks similar in size & shape to an old satellite from the 50's

    December 23, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Red

    I'll bet anything that there's a super-powered baby inside...

    December 23, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • NatX

      Missed Smallville by about 5000 miles.....

      December 23, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Nathan

    Silly people!!! It's one of the pods that repoublicans hatch from.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • usmc1

      another stupid comment

      December 23, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • UCFknightman

      Republicans AND Democrats since they both are under corporate control and have no backbone. Libertarians are the true humans.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Agreed.....perhaps we can send the Republicans and Democrats back to space in this thing?? It would make the world a better place

      December 23, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. maria

    Who says it came from space? Anybody saw it falling? It must be a hoax or there is another explanation for it.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Fug Xu

    It's a thermal detonator! Oh no!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • NatX

      Ho ho ho. Un fuma don sona mon Solo. Ho ho ho

      December 23, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Toby

    Mythbusters is at it again

    December 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. answerman

    - Bladder Tank BT 01/0
    Maximum Expected Operating
    Pressure (MEOP)
    Tank Net Volume
    Propellant
    26 bar
    58 L
    Hydrazine (N2 H4 )
    Interface Fixation 5 Fixation Holes ø 8H7
    Tank Mass < 8.5 kg
    (exclusive Support Structure)
    Materials
    - Pressure Vessel:
    - Gas and Propellant Ports:
    - Bladder:
    Ti6AI4V
    Hemispheres 3.7164.1 (SPF)
    Ti6AI4V (3.7164.1)
    Ethylene-Propylene-Diene
    Monomer (EPDM)
    Project Involvements Ariane 5 SCA, ARD
    Max. Propellant Volume 39 L
    Pressurant Gas Helium (He) or Nitrogene (N2)
    Proof Pressure (1.5 x MEOP) 39 bar
    Burst Pressure (2.0 x MEOP) 52 bar
    Size Diameter: 480 mm

    just my guess.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jeff

    Adamantium. Saw it in a movie.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jimbo

    So, The MythBusters don't happen to be in town by chance?

    December 23, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Thinker

    It is a double sided breast

    December 23, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
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