Mystery Metal ‘Space Ball’

Do any disinfonauts have theories as to just what it might be? From AFP via Yahoo News:

A large metallic ball fell out of the sky on a remote grassland in Namibia, prompting baffled authorities to contact NASA and the European space agency.

Space Ball

The hollow ball with a circumference of 1.1 metres (43 inches) was found near a village in the north of the country some 750 kilometres (480 miles) from the capital Windhoek, according to police forensics director Paul Ludik.

Locals had heard several small explosions a few days beforehand, he said.

With a diameter of 35 centimetres (14 inches), the ball has a rough surface and appears to consist of “two halves welded together”.

It was made of a “metal alloy known to man” and weighed six kilogrammes (13 pounds), said Ludik…

[continues at AFP via Yahoo News]

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57 Comments on "Mystery Metal ‘Space Ball’"

  1. IT’S A TRAP!

  2. IT’S A TRAP!

  3. An amazingly intriguing find.

  4. An amazingly intriguing find.

  5. Spaceballs?  Oh $h!t.  There goes the planet.

  6. Empie_science | Dec 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm |

    Looks an awful lot like a hydrozine tank.

  7. Spaceballs?  Oh $h!t.  There goes the planet.

  8. Empie_science | Dec 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm |

    Looks an awful lot like a hydrozine tank.

  9. “metal alloy known to man” ?

  10. jasonpaulhayes | Dec 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm |

    “metal alloy known to man” ? Looks like part of a WWII Gyroscopic Navigation System .. perhaps from a downed Plane or Space Debris. If I had to guess I would say that’s what it is.

  11. It’s a Toclafane. 

  12. It’s a Toclafane. 

  13. DeepCough | Dec 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm |

    Remember the three words: “Klaatu Verata Nikto.”

  14. DeepCough | Dec 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm |

    Remember the three words: “Klaatu Verata Nikto.”

  15. An apple of Eden?!

  16. An apple of Eden?!

  17. That does look a lot like it.

  18. The secrets of the universe contained in a fuel tank for idiocy. 

  19. The secrets of the universe contained in a fuel tank for idiocy. 

  20. It’s not beeping, is it? 

  21. It’s not beeping, is it? 

  22. Your Mother | Dec 24, 2011 at 9:10 am |

    Apparently its a vessel for storing gases under pressure in space, and not the first time one has fallen from the sky. That would make for a bad day if you happened to be standing in just the right place.

    http://news.discovery.com/space/mystery-space-ball-crashes-in-nambia-111222.html 

  23. Your Mother | Dec 24, 2011 at 5:10 am |

    Apparently its a vessel for storing gases under pressure in space, and not the first time one has fallen from the sky. That would make for a bad day if you happened to be standing in just the right place.

    http://news.discovery.com/space/mystery-space-ball-crashes-in-nambia-111222.html 

  24. Clearly its the Apple of Eden

  25. Clearly its the Apple of Eden

  26. Sajsikudjo | Dec 24, 2011 at 10:32 am |

    Ok, so, where is the rest of the spaceship ?

  27. Sajsikudjo | Dec 24, 2011 at 6:32 am |

    Ok, so, where is the rest of the spaceship ?

  28. It does look a a lot like a hydrozine tank but I would guess it’s an old school part for a mechanical gyro. NASA isn’t saying and I doubt they will. Then they would have to admit they have space junk falling out of the sky.  Could be Russian or Chinese as well.

  29. It does look a a lot like a hydrozine tank but I would guess it’s an old school part for a mechanical gyro. NASA isn’t saying and I doubt they will. Then they would have to admit they have space junk falling out of the sky.  Could be Russian or Chinese as well.

    • Actually NASA pretty much already acknowledges that space junk falling out of the sky.

  30. Isn’t this the opening scene from the Andromeda Strain?

  31. Isn’t this the opening scene from the Andromeda Strain?

  32. Maybe they should have done a Google search.
    Sorry “Bing” search…

  33. Jusinwusin13 | Dec 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm |

    dude its a hydra zine tank

  34. Scottyj001 | Dec 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm |

    I thought only Coke bottles fell from the sky in Africa. The “gods” must have gotten crazier!

  35. Scottyj001 | Dec 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm |

    I thought only Coke bottles fell from the sky in Africa. The “gods” must have gotten crazier!

  36. Klaatu Verata *cough* *cough*

  37. This should be obvious – it’s one of Klaatu’s testicles. He sheds one each 43 years, in memory of his boss, Michael Rennie.

  38. This should be obvious – it’s one of Klaatu’s testicles. He sheds one each 43 years, in memory of his boss, Michael Rennie.

  39. Actually NASA pretty much already acknowledges that space junk falling out of the sky.

  40. Anonymous | Dec 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm |

    It’s not like we don’t have a ton of crap in orbit anyhow, what’s so surprising about an object falling to earth? It happens all the time!

  41. It’s not like we don’t have a ton of crap in orbit anyhow, what’s so surprising about an object falling to earth? It happens all the time!

  42. It obviously is one of Galactus’ testicles

  43. It obviously is one of Galactus’ testicles

  44. Sorry guys it’s ok now… they patched this in the latest update.

  45. Sorry guys it’s ok now… they patched this in the latest update.

  46. Cajadomatic | Feb 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm |

    Its a Canepa. This tool is used to observe things on earth. It moves up and down and side to side at an incredible rate so the eye cannot detect it, so these movements turn it into some sort of invisible object. This one seems to be broken.

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