The 6kg ball was found bya farmer near Onamatunga in the Omunsati region in mid November after locals had reported hearing several small explosions in the few days before. However, no evidence of explosions was seen nearby where the object was found.
The ‘space ball’ made a hole 33 centimetres deep and 3.8 meters wide. The find has a rough surface and seems to consist of “two halves welded together”
Authorities were shocked and decided to give the ball to NASA for some investigations. Police deputy inspector general Vilho Hifindaka confirmed the sphere couldn’t cause any danger.
“It is not an explosive device, but rather hollow, but we had to investigate all this first,” Hifindaka 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,” said spokesman from NFSI.
Ludik also assured that the body was not foreign to the planet, adding the metal alloy was known to man and used in spacecraft.
It is not the first time when unknown bodies dropped from the sky. Several similar balls have reportedly fallen in southern Africa, Australia and Latin America in the past twenty years.
For example, according to the Telegraph, quite a bit of space junk has rained from the sky this year. In September, for example, NASA’s defunct Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) — a 6.5-ton craft that monitored climate from 1991 until 2005 — plunged into the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.
Moreover, last month Germany’s 2.7-ton Roentgen Satellite (ROSAT) fell to Earth over the Indian Ocean. Luckily no one was injured by either satellite crash.
“In 2008 there was also the discovery of a COPV in Brazilian. Right around the same time, a farmer from Australia went public on his 2007 find – another bashed-up COPV in the Aussie Outback,” reports Discovery News.
However, the Namibian’s space ball is still being undergone through further investigations in NASA.
“We are awaiting the final outcome of our analysis before we release more information,” Ludik told by telephone.
Experts explained the ball can be a dusty Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel, or COPV for shot, which may have dropped from orbit. It could also have come from a space mission that uses a COPV, although it is unclear which spacecraft it came from.
The COPV in Nambia was called ‘an exotic-looking piece of space junk’, rather than ‘extraterrestrial finding’. COPVs are used to store gasses under pressure in a space environment, along with a variety of other applications, according to a Discovery report.
It was able to withstand the impact of crashing into the earth because of they are made of tough material, like carbon fiber or Kevlar.
So, the question “What is the Namibian find?” remains open. And we have nothing but wait and see what NASA or the ESA says about which spacecraft it came from. [Via The Telegraph and The Christian Post]