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. oddball

    It is s helium tank from the Salyut 7/Kosmos 1686 spacecraft that fell in 1991.
    See here...
    http://fernlea.tripod.com/tank.html

    December 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oliver

      awesome!!!!

      December 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dejabrewer

    oddball is correct!
    http://fernlea.tripod.com/tank.html

    December 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nizam

    oddball is right...and all the news agency didn't know about it ...:-|

    December 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sagar

    Sounds like the movie "Gods Must Be Crazy".

    December 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rache

    maybe i didnt get it but how do they know it fell from space if nobody saw it falling...?

    December 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Try Cameral

    Revealed at last the Higgs Bosun! or is it r2d2's thalidimide brother or hood ornament from the Enterprise or Major Tom's missing helmet. . . and im floating in a mostapeculiar wayhayy. . .

    December 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lauro

    This remember me the Sputnik, or a Pokeball!

    December 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pete/Ark

    came through th' Stargate...

    December 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. thomas janes

    yep,the New years eve ball dropped early this year and in the wrong place

    December 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Isobel

    A 13 tonne Russian space probe is due to fall back to earth sometime after January 6th. Wonder if this is part of that. It's been said the probe will break up/be destroyed and toxic substances in it will burn out before reaching earth but does not seem certain that they know.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carlos

    Oddball is right...visit the site he/she recommends !

    December 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. VFR3000

    Its a gas tank – from a satellite or space station – definately manmade – probably russian.

    :d

    December 23, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RodRoderick

    I was wondering when scientists were going to discover a Dyson sphere.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rayalvis

    Martians playing golf.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alix

    At first glance I thought the headline read "mysterious meatball from space"...sure caught my attention!

    December 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
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