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. Jerry

    I'd say it's an internal part of a gyroscope more than likely...

    December 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nonya

    This is how Dragonball-Z started.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • fafbot

      olololololololol

      December 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Heywood Jablowme

    I think if I found an extraterrestrial cannon ball I'd take more than 1 picture of it. Maybe metallic hollow metal spheres come screaming in from outer space in the southern hemisphere with such regularity that nobody bothers to take more than one lame photograph. I sure would like to know the exact alloy cause it left a significant impact crater but still looks pretty round.
    Try searching for another picture of this thing.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. czar

    ,,<,,,..,.,,<<<?/::':""'''';.,.end

    December 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alex from Florida

    If we've heard about it, it's not anything special. If it was a real "mystery" or something of note, governments wouldn't just release it to the public.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. j

    Palin shot it from her home planet (like a ping pong ball in Thailand) that she can see from Russia.

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

    Hey, I live in Australia. Just exactly what do they mean by "such reports of metallic spheres falling from space are common in the Southern Hemisphere"?

    What is the definition of "common"?

    December 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOregon

      If you haven't seen one yet it is about time to start wearing that helmet. Apparently this is a regular occurrence.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. j

    Probably a zombie inside.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    It is a hollow nuclear fart device from outer space made to stink up the southern hemisphere of the world so that nobody wants to live there?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wolf Daddy Deluxe

    i wonder how much its worth! i want it!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Timetraveler

    How do they know it fell from space? Did someone actually see it fall? Or are they just guessing? It was found by a farmer. How does that translate to the ball having fallen from space?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Comeback2reality

    It looks like a pressure vessel from a satellite. Likely one that contained liquified form of a gas. As far as a use, it could be used to support fuel cells providing power or for minor maneuvering/propulsion in orbit or something else requiring a compressed gas. It was likely encased far within the satellite and is what is left after the surrounding mass of the satellite burned up under reentery. Comeon folks lets use some common sense.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Doc_D

    A PIECE OF EDEN!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Somebody was watching history channel earlier lol

      December 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    Dont you people read more than the internet... The Andromeda strain is coming...

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

      good book the movie version of it was decent too. if my kindel did just break i would go re read it 😦

      December 23, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Everyone knows a Kindel is vulnerable to metal balls from space...

      December 23, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rocket Guy

    Oh Jesus. Just look at it. It's a fuel tank. Fittings at either end melted a bit during reentry, pretty much normal. There will be a bladder inside. Most likely was used for N2H4 for small engines, probably something like 0.2 lbf thrust engines, as the size mentioned is about right for that. When you cut it open, don't sniff the innards. A: It will smell bad, kinda like old fish. (unless the hydrazine is decomposed, in which case it will smell like ammonia) B: What you will be smelling is bad for you, it's a carcinogen and will also damage your liver.

    I love all the loonies. Keeps life amusing. Sad, but amusing.

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