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Posted by shimiqua (Member # 7760) on :

What do you think? Any theories of what it could be?
Posted by Treamayne (Member # 9700) on :
Sounds like an Alien Sociological experiment to test human reaction to the unexpected. They are hollow now, but future ones....?
Posted by Pyre Dynasty (Member # 1947) on :
So that's where it landed. I'll have to tic it four more degrees next time.
Posted by LDWriter2 (Member # 9148) on :
I haven't read that story but a couple of weeks ago a piece of man made metal pipe dropped through a company's roof. Four inches long or so and it looked broken. It must have happened at night since no one was around when it happened.

This one looks sort of like something that goes in a toilet.
Posted by MartinV (Member # 5512) on :
I think it's debris that fell from orbit. There is so much junk floating out there from the 50 years of space exploration it's amazing this doesn't happen more often.

[ December 24, 2011, 05:56 AM: Message edited by: MartinV ]
Posted by pdblake (Member # 9218) on :
Looks like a ballcock.
Posted by Brendan (Member # 6044) on :
Ah, I wondered where that Coke bottle went when that bushman threw it off the end of the world.
Posted by Robert Nowall (Member # 2764) on :
The mini-blackout of the boards prevented me from posting a link to this story earlier:

...where it's explained that it's likely a COPV, a Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel, something used to store gasses under pressure in space---or, in other words, space junk.
Posted by Utahute72 (Member # 9057) on :
That's what they'd like you to believe. It's really a Fetzer valve off a passing Aurellian craft. They throw those overboard all the time.
Posted by LDWriter2 (Member # 9148) on :
Yeah, I wouldn't want to keep a bad Fetzer valve either. You never know when one will spray something nasty or just take to floating around.
Posted by LDWriter2 (Member # 9148) on :
Hmm, I hope I'm not the only one who thinks this would make a great story premise.
Posted by anarresti (Member # 9614) on :
Looks like a container for liquified gas but I prefer to think it was once a prison for the mother of the MALEVOLENT GASEOUS ENTITY of Tycho IV.

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