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'Space ball' drops on Namibia
December 23, 2011
Mystery "space ball" ... baffled authorities have contacted NASA and the European space agency. Photo: AFP
A large metallic ball has fallen 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 was found near a village in the north of the country some 750km from the capital, Windhoek, according to police forensics director Paul Ludik.
Locals had heard several small explosions a few days beforehand, he said.
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With a diameter of 35cm, 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 kilograms, said Ludik.
It was found 18 metres from its landing spot, a hole 33 centimetres deep and 3.8 metres wide.