Oh I knew that all along

Apparently the mysterious space ball isn’t so mysterious after all:

It was hailed as a doomsday device, an instrument from a weather balloon or proof that extra terrestrial life existed.

But the mysterious metal sphere fell to the ground in a remote area of northern Namibia has now been identified as a hydrazine tank from an unmanned rocket, commonly used in satellite launches.

When the 5.9kg, 35.5-centimeter ball smashed to earth in mid- November it sparked a national security issue with the Namibian authorities asking NASA for help in identifying it.

Adrian Chen of Gawker reported that it was most likely a fuel tank for storing hydrazine on unmanned rockets. He said this after a commentator wrote on his blog: ‘For anyone wondering what it actually is, it’s likely a 39-litre hydrazine bladder tank.

‘They’re used on unmanned rockets for satellite launches, which would explain why they’re falling down in such a specific geographic footprint.’

When the ball fell it caused a crater 30cm deep and 4m wide, although it was found some 18m away.


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