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. Joe

    Mythbusters at it again!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    If it's hollow then it was made from water not space. Some type of boey maybe. They don't tend to take useless objects into space because of the cost per pound and from what I hear it was sealed up so it isn't a tank – someone must know what it is. It's not a pig used to clean pipelines because those are more complicated than this look them up.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I mean made for use in water

      December 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      Boey? Really? No wonder America is failing.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • nunyas

      america is failing because this guy can't spell buoy?

      December 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anita Bleaujob

    It's from SATAN I tell you!!!

    Repent NOW!!

    SATAN!!! Do you understand what I am SATAN?

    December 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Luke

    Isn't this how Sci-Fi horror movies start? Reference THE THING.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Johnny wazhere

    Somebody has balls somewhere in the universe
    Come, come my child, we need people with balls...

    December 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom Bassett

    Get real people. This object has real mystery written all over it. (by not) There is no reasonalble explanation if you are thinking it is a part of a space probe from earth. Its heavy and its empty. Everything that has been sent up to date is full of electronics, markings, devices, sensors, you name it. This is just an empty metal ball. I would suggest thinking again about its origin. Its alien. Its some of their junk. Think about it. What use is an empy and heavy ball to a space probe from earth. Each pound costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to put in orbit. If this was an oxygen tank why doesn't it have any inlets or outlets? If it was an electrical device where are the wires or sockets? If its a gyroscopic device where are the innards. It has to be calibrating something. What do you think?

    December 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      I think it came from that spaceship cloaked near Mercury.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The ball might be the inside part of a larger device – maybe is rotates within a mechanism. I is not alien because if they let their junk fall to earth and pollute our planet the won't be able to rub our noses in how barbaric we are for polluting it ourselves – you know how they like to act all superior.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. waubain

    It was launched from a giant catapult from Area 51

    December 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bane

    The device may have contraptions within that may access portals to hell. Some of these devices have powers to open doorways from normal walls, allowing access to demonic realms. Merry Christmas.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      From SATAN perhaps?

      December 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. qwerty

    Its a 104 Liter Hydrazine Propellant Tank.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Yes that is exactly what it is.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Of course now that story is boring and I've lost interest in it. Thanks smartiepants.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Paul

    The Gods Must Be Crazy Part II

    December 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaye

      no no Paul. You mean the Gods Must be crazy part 3 ! There is already a second one. 🙂

      December 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaye

      maybe it's space coke... You know what the street value of that street coke bottle must be... I mean come on LANE... he's been traveling space for 6 years now...

      December 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael

    My favorite part of this is:

    "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."

    Wait.. this happens all the time? Really? That statement, by itself, its pretty amazing. Anyone find it
    ... odd? Somethin goin here...

    December 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    Obviously, it's "space balls."

    December 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ape on Horseback

      Well sh!t, there goes the planet.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Boy you people are right this thing is so huge that it created a earth quake in new zealand!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Luke Skywalker

    I sense something....something I haven't felt since....

    December 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      So, the Viagra® is working?

      December 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      Do you have to poop?

      December 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike in dallas

    it this is a photo of the sphere where it landed , for some object that had to be falling at several hundred miles per hour it sure did not make much of a crater in the seemingly soft sand like surface ?

    December 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
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