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. Eric

    "metallic spheres falling from space are common in the Southern Hemisphere." ...Really.....

    December 23, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      That was my response exactly. Really? Common? Wow, I'm out of touch. Yeah, up here in the North, we only get one every decade or so, you know. Don't know what they are, except that they're not alien, no, nope. And BTW, if they are Russian, tell those fools to stop dropping metal debris on people!! How does something like that not burn up in the atmosphere??

      December 23, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Haha!! Exactly my thought!!! Common? Really? Is this...bad?

      December 23, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Its a satellite fuel tank

    Its a satellite fuel tank. Don't get too crazy. Just google russian satellite fuel tanks

    December 23, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Sure're right.

      December 23, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. patrick

    it's the cannon ball from mythbusters

    December 23, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave


      December 23, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    looks to be a barring of some cine there is two parts to the shell of a space craft that spin vary fast . see it is like a bike rim you hold the shaft and spin the rim side ways it all most float. Just like putting spin to a top. The ends to that ball are wore down that let it slip out of there Holder, the ones on the US space craft are hollow and look the same! P/S ........if you be leave that i have a 1 dollar Reno coin that will win as much as you want it to win for a low price of $25,000 dollars only one call fast 1-800-i-need-help!!

    December 23, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. JC

    "metallic spheres falling from space are common in the Southern Hemisphere." ...Really.....

    Yes Eric, they are... we can't all afford FIFA approved soccer balls, so instead, we kick Russian satellite bits around.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Oooh, and just because I couldn't resist myself...

      Haven't you people ever heard of SPACEBALLS?!


      December 23, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. rick

    like the spheres NASA found in 1977 with the same 3 groves. Only thing, the sphere rotates on its own axis twice.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Warren Peace

    December 23, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. steve

    wasn't this in that movie, "the gods must be crazy". the villagers find all kind of uses for it but eventually greed leads them to kill each other.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Wicked Fairy

    It is the left and right chest protrusions from Mooochelle Obama. She was doing jumping jacks( with the shipped in school kids) so hard that they separated from her chest. Vectoring in a near zenith trajectory at the time of separation, the two hemispheres rocketed into NEO (near Earth orbit) on or about November 25th. NORRAD has tracked the two vehicles and reported that in a controlled retro-re-entry burn they fused into a solid sphere. The re-entry burn lasted for only 13 seconds of a planned 48 second, causing the fleshy sphere with protuberance nip pals to land in Namibia instead of the planned Kenya landing site. NORRAD confirmed that they were Moooochelle's chest implants and her husband has set out to meet his brother in a shack to invade Namibia to recover the lost implants. Cost of SEALS-6 team will be justified and kept undercover until the 2012 election is over.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • obywann


      December 23, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rudolph

    What if.....that were a an alien scout probe that has triggered a signal now that it has landed at it's destination. It's owners will follow it's signal until they arrive at the probe's location. It will take them almost a year of space travel to arrive, sometime around....mid to late December of 2012. Hmmmmmmm? Oh I'm just kidding, haha, I mean, who would send a probe into space to explore other planets and to possibly find some signs of life, haha, you know, haha, isn't that the silliest thought?

    December 23, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Solved

    Russian Satellite Fuel Tank. See here for another that fell to earth:
    Mystery Solved!

    December 23, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. jesse

    This actually sounds almost identical to a case I heard about around 10 years ago. A similar object as this fell out of the sky in to a residential area. No one was injured, but they later identified it as some kind of aluminum alloy fule tank.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. The Man

    Isn't it amazing how so gullible we've all become? Just because they said it was from space we all line up and start thinking which part of space reather than questioning the space story in the first place. This generation is in trouble. No brains left.

    NB: I also found some ugly metal in my back yard last year. Must be from space too so watch out for the story if anyone will by my story.

    December 23, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • The Man

      You are right. What a generation. Thanks for the insight.

      December 23, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lee Binder

    here's the resolution:

    December 23, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee Binder

      oops, somebody else was faster .. 😉

      December 23, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. sam

    Its a transformer's testicle

    December 23, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
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