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"Space ball" drops on Namibia
AFP ^ | Thu, Dec 22, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 12/23/2011 12:39:17 PM PST by Red Badger

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.

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.

It was found 18 metres from its landing spot, a hole 33 centimetres deep and 3.8 meters wide.

Several such balls have dropped in southern Africa, Australia and Latin America in the past twenty years, authorities found in an Internet search.

The sphere was discovered mid-November, but authorities first did tests before announcing the find.

Police deputy inspector general Vilho Hifindaka concluded the sphere did not pose any danger.

"It is not an explosive device, but rather hollow, but we had to investigate all this first," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: metalball; metallicball; namibia


1 posted on 12/23/2011 12:39:20 PM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Guilty?..............

2 posted on 12/23/2011 12:40:27 PM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: Red Badger

The Gods Must Have Metal Balls.


3 posted on 12/23/2011 12:42:32 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Red Badger

Carrie is NOT guilty.


4 posted on 12/23/2011 12:44:26 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: RichInOC
"The Gods Must Have Metal Balls."

Or some did.
5 posted on 12/23/2011 12:44:46 PM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: RichInOC
"The Gods Must Have Metal Balls."

One of the funniest movies I've ever seen!

6 posted on 12/23/2011 12:44:56 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Red Badger

It’s really Louis Farrakhan’s Mother Ship!


7 posted on 12/23/2011 12:45:48 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Red Badger

Mel Brooks was a visionary.


8 posted on 12/23/2011 12:45:52 PM PST by DPMD
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To: Red Badger

It looks like the float from a very large toilet.


9 posted on 12/23/2011 12:48:11 PM PST by reg45 (I'm not angry that Lincoln freed the slaves. I'm angry that Franklin Roosevelt bought them back.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Kari is her name


10 posted on 12/23/2011 12:49:19 PM PST by al baby (Is that old windbag still on the air ?)
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To: DPMD

Was?.....


11 posted on 12/23/2011 12:50:24 PM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: Red Badger
"two halves welded together"

You've got two empty halves of coconuts and you're bangin' em together.
12 posted on 12/23/2011 12:52:18 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Red Badger

These are not the droids that you were looking for.


13 posted on 12/23/2011 12:52:58 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: Red Badger

It has weapon’s grade plutonium in it. GI Jane is on her way to reclaim it, since our Ranger team’s evac plan went to hell.


14 posted on 12/23/2011 12:54:49 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: SpaceBar

In all seriousness, it’s probably a chinese low orbit radar target.


15 posted on 12/23/2011 12:54:55 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Red Badger


16 posted on 12/23/2011 12:54:55 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: SpaceBar

With all that junk flying around up there, it could be anything...................


17 posted on 12/23/2011 12:57:51 PM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: Red Badger; All

I found this on Yahoo! News:

The Great Space Ball Mystery of ought-eleven has been solved, but it’s not an extraterrestrial probe or government doomsday device or anything cool like that. Turns out it’s only a “bladder tank.” When a mysterious crusty space ball crash-landed in Namibia in November, and calls to NASA and the European Space Agency didn’t get authorities any closer to pinning down what exactly had landed in their backyards, while Mel Brooks fans delighted in the nod in the “space ball” name and the rest and ogled the astro-nut to guess at what it is. The story has been picked up widely the last few days, but now we know what it is: Gawker’s Adrian Chen wrote about the 13-pound ball on Friday morning a commenter identified it: “For anyone wondering what it actually is, it’s likely a 39-litre hydrazine bladder tank (based on its apparent size; there are also much larger hydrazine tanks),” he wrote. “They’re used on unmanned rockets for satellite launches, which would explain why they’re falling down in such a specific geographic footprint.” We’re not sure what this is more of a testament to: the power of online crowdsourcing or the Internet’s fascination with anything with the word “balls” in it. In any case, we had our fingers crossed for doomsday device.

But yeah, I first thought “The Gods Must Have Metal Balls”, too.


18 posted on 12/23/2011 1:10:39 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Red Badger
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19 posted on 12/23/2011 1:13:24 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Red Badger; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Re: A large metallic ball fell out of the sky... found 18 metres from its landing spot, a hole 33 centimetres deep and 3.8 meters wide... With a diameter of 35 centimetres (14 inches), the ball has a rough surface and appears to consist of two halves welded together.

Gadzooks, what in the world (or out of this world) metal is this ball made of to remain intact... after leaving a crater measuring 13 inches (33 cm) deep and 12.5 feet (3.8 meters) across?

If I told you, Bend, I'd have to... probe you.

20 posted on 12/23/2011 1:15:51 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Red Badger

It’s a hydrazine tank from a satellite. It fuels maneuvering thrusters.

It is insulated on the outside, and empty on the inside. So, it survives initial reentry, and is so light that it literally floats down.


21 posted on 12/23/2011 1:19:24 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Red Badger

Whatever they do, don’t cut it open!


22 posted on 12/23/2011 1:22:55 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (All I want for Christmas is a nickle bag of Myrrh and a pipe.........)
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To: Red Badger

Obama’s orbital birth certificate container?


23 posted on 12/23/2011 1:24:47 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Your image is outdated... I have the update:

24 posted on 12/23/2011 1:24:53 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Bender2

You’re a funny guy.


25 posted on 12/23/2011 1:30:15 PM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: RichInOC

Maybe ‘big-bootie Moochell’ laid an egg.......


26 posted on 12/23/2011 1:33:38 PM PST by arrdon
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

He’s looking for his Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

Who’d have ever thought it’d turn up in Namibia?


27 posted on 12/23/2011 1:40:56 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Commence ‘Operation Vacu-Suck’!


28 posted on 12/23/2011 1:43:55 PM PST by dfwgator
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"Space. Wanna go to space. Can't wait. Space."
29 posted on 12/23/2011 1:44:58 PM PST by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER; All
And here's the ultimate tribute to Chuck Jones: Mars Spirit Rover launch patch.
30 posted on 12/23/2011 1:44:58 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

"Where's the Kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-Shattering Kaboom!"

31 posted on 12/23/2011 1:45:56 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Repeal The 17th

May the Schwartz be with you!


32 posted on 12/23/2011 1:46:51 PM PST by mykroar (I believe in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it.)
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To: Red Badger

33 posted on 12/23/2011 2:09:43 PM PST by Roscoe Karns
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To: Red Badger

it is part of the satellite propulsion systems to keep them in orbit.


34 posted on 12/23/2011 2:14:47 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: stevio; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Re: You’re a funny guy.

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww shucks, stevio... Surely I just call'em as I see'em--

Well, I, for one, do not find it funny... you calling me 'Shirley' all the time!

Not this 'Bender is funny' crap... again?

He's funny, Worf! Cause two redshirts... to die laughing!

Bender not funny! Me at Lambeau rooting for Packers... now, that is funny!

I don't always laugh, but when I do... it is at Bender's antics.

I work for Mel Brooks... and we are here to knock the snot out of you and that other 'funny' SOB named Bender!

President Ford, bless his soul, always... found Bender terribly hilarious.

Bender funny? Incon... ceivable!

This just in, Bender is funny and according to an unnamed German source, "Very ... Interesting!"

And in sport, the Deadskins' 2011 Season... Now that is laugh out loud funny!

Well, I never said, there was not... mixed reaction to my ways and means--

Whoa! Let's go to another planet. Here they think... a cartoon robot is funny!

35 posted on 12/23/2011 2:15:33 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: RichInOC
The Gods Must Have Metal Balls.

Or . . . they might belong to the GOP, who haven't exhibited that they have any in years.

36 posted on 12/23/2011 2:21:52 PM PST by Oatka (This is the USA, assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: EBH
it is part of the satellite propulsion systems to keep them in orbit.

It didn't work.............

37 posted on 12/23/2011 2:29:28 PM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: justlurking

104 Litre Hydrazine Propellant Tank

http://cs.astrium.eads.net/sp/spacecraft-propulsion/propellant-tanks/104-litre-hydrazine-propellant-tank.html


38 posted on 12/23/2011 2:47:52 PM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: justlurking

104 Litre Hydrazine Propellant Tank

http://cs.astrium.eads.net/sp/spacecraft-propulsion/propellant-tanks/104-litre-hydrazine-propellant-tank.html


39 posted on 12/23/2011 2:48:14 PM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: arrdon

Maybe ‘big-bootie Moochell’ laid an egg.....

It's a rare Butt-o-saurus egg.


40 posted on 12/23/2011 2:49:56 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Red Badger

Are the only survivors in the closest village a derelict and a colicky baby?


41 posted on 12/23/2011 2:51:51 PM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Robe

It’s not on ebay yet.


42 posted on 12/23/2011 2:57:28 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: treetopsandroofs

Galactic ping pong. And the new kid keeps losing balls.


43 posted on 12/23/2011 2:59:53 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: Red Badger

“Found anything yet?”

“We ain’t found shit!”


44 posted on 12/23/2011 3:34:13 PM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Is this yours?


45 posted on 12/23/2011 3:36:16 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Red Badger

I don’t know. Paint it red and hang it on a Christmas tree.


46 posted on 12/23/2011 3:54:29 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Red Badger

Kathy Griffin glued her fake boobs together again.


47 posted on 12/23/2011 3:55:50 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Right Wing Assault

It’s not mine. I think it belongs to a guy named Larry who works at NASA.


48 posted on 12/23/2011 4:24:43 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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