NASA investigates 'space ball' found in Namibia

NASA investigates 'space ball' found in Namibia

NASA investigates 'space ball' found in Namibia

A large, metallic ball has baffled authorities after being found in grassland in Namibia.

Dubbed ‘a space ball’, the hollow object was located near a village at the north of the country.

The 6kg ball was found in mid November and locals reported hearing several small explosions in the few days before.

It was found in a hole 33 centimetres deep and 3.8 meters wide.

According to police forensics director Paul Ludik, the sphere is made of a "metal alloy known to man”, has a rough surface and appears to consist of "two halves welded together".

NASA and the European space agency have been contacted about the find however have not yet announced what the mystery object is.

According to Discovery News, however, any space expert will recognise the mystery ‘space ball’.

They report it to be a ‘Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel (or COPV for short) which basically means it’s a piece of space junk that has fallen from orbit.

Their function is to store gasses under pressure in space and is made of very tough material, hence why it remains intact on entry.

It’s not the first time an object such as this has been seen; in 2008 a similar object was found in Brazil and an Aussie farmer found one in the outback in 2007.

Regarding this ‘space ball’, NASA and the European Space Agency are still investigating which space mission this object has originated from.