A STRANGE SPACE BALL DROPS IN NAMIBIA
In case you haven't heard by now, a strange object, a kind of "Space Ball," dropped to the Earth in Namibia:
Now, note the fact that the article is reporting something that appears to be quite strange, namely, that several of these "space balls" appear to have crashed in southern Africa, Latin America, and Australia over the past twenty years! Strange, isn't it, that we've heard so little about this.
Moreover, the objects appear to be clearly machined, hollow, and are of an "alloy known to man," an equally strange wording; known to man since when? Why not come right out and say what the alloy is? The article is equally strange for the fact that the Namibian authorities apparently contacted NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) for help in determining what the strange ball may be, but there is no indication of their response. All we're told is that it is "not an explosive device."
Moreover, we're told that the authorities did some sort of tests on the ball, presumably to determine what it was made of, and possibly what was inside it, but there again, there is a paucity of information.
So, in the absence of information, we may speculate a bit.
We may assume first that the origin is either terrestrial, or extra-terrestrial. So the question then becomes, who on earth would be launching hollow metal spheres of "an alloy known to man" into space? For what reason? The expense of launching hollow spheres into space would seem prohibitive, if we are to assume that their "hollowness" contains no instrumentation. That isn't as far-fetched as it might seem, for there is nothing on the outside of the sphere to indicate that it does contain instrumentation. There are no apparent antennae. Granted, such would have burned up on atmospheric re-entry, but the "metal" of the sphere doesn't appear to show signs of high heat or atmospheric re-entry. I may be wrong here, and my eyes my be deceiving me (it's been known to happen before).
So that leave an extra-terrestrial origin of some sort, with equally challenging questions, raising equally challenging possibilities. Might we be looking at something like the space version of "buckshot", lots of hollow metal spheres put into near-Earth space simply to interfere with our satellites? Maybe. But probably not. Whoever launched these things may not even be around any more. After all, the "Space Ball" looks similar to those metallic spheres of great antiquity that I mentioned in The Cosmic War, spheres clearly machined, and clearly very old, found in - you guessed it - southern Africa.
The bottom line here is that the article has pointed out an anomaly, clearly indicated that it was tested to some degree, and that NASA and ESA were brought in on the find, and thus far, appear to be rather quiet about what they think it is.
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