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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  • bbq

    IT’S A TRAP!

  • bbq

    IT’S A TRAP!

  • http://twitter.com/C_Rich75 C_Rich75

    An amazingly intriguing find.

  • http://twitter.com/C_Rich75 C. World

    An amazingly intriguing find.

  • Frogboy

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

  • Empie_science

    Looks an awful lot like a hydrozine tank.

  • Frogboy

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

  • Empie_science

    Looks an awful lot like a hydrozine tank.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    “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.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    “metal alloy known to man” ?

  • Suddenly Spam!
  • http://twitter.com/Captain_Coolaid Howard Wayne Nix

    It’s a Toclafane. 

  • http://twitter.com/Captain_Coolaid Howard Wayne Nix

    It’s a Toclafane. 

  • DeepCough

    Remember the three words: “Klaatu Verata Nikto.”

    • Jusinwusin13

      dude its a hydra zine tank

      • Ash

        Klaatu Verata *cough* *cough*

  • DeepCough

    Remember the three words: “Klaatu Verata Nikto.”

  • Tacitus

    An apple of Eden?!

  • Tacitus

    An apple of Eden?!

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    That does look a lot like it.

  • Heath

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

  • Heath

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

  • Haystack

    It’s not beeping, is it? 

  • Haystack

    It’s not beeping, is it? 

  • Your Mother

    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 

  • Your Mother

    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 

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Clearly its the Apple of Eden

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Clearly its the Apple of Eden

  • Sajsikudjo

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

  • Sajsikudjo

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

  • zedted

    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.

    • Luke

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

  • zedted

    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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LCEHDEEDIHWNMBMIWVVGO76VXA Jakob

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LCEHDEEDIHWNMBMIWVVGO76VXA Jakob

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

  • Pollytickle1
  • Pollytickle1
  • http://twitter.com/sabrebIade Sabre

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

  • Jusinwusin13

    dude its a hydra zine tank

  • Scottyj001

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

  • Scottyj001

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

  • Ash

    Klaatu Verata *cough* *cough*

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Korpi/100001011003066 Mark Korpi

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Korpi/100001011003066 Mark Korpi

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

  • Luke

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

  • SF2K01

    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!

  • Anonymous

    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!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pakalpooram-Pakal/100003298331134 Pakalpooram Pakal
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pakalpooram-Pakal/100003298331134 Pakalpooram Pakal
  • Eldritch

    It obviously is one of Galactus’ testicles

  • Eldritch

    It obviously is one of Galactus’ testicles

  • Ar2

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

  • Ar2

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

  • Cajadomatic

    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.