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shimiqua
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http://news.yahoo.com/space-ball-drops-namibia-133326985.html

What do you think? Any theories of what it could be?

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Sounds like an Alien Sociological experiment to test human reaction to the unexpected. They are hollow now, but future ones....?
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So that's where it landed. I'll have to tic it four more degrees next time.
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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.

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MartinV
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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 ]

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Looks like a ballcock.
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Brendan
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Ah, I wondered where that Coke bottle went when that bushman threw it off the end of the world.
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The mini-blackout of the boards prevented me from posting a link to this story earlier:

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/23/mysterious-space-ball-crashes-in-namibia/

...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.

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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.
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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.
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Hmm, I hope I'm not the only one who thinks this would make a great story premise.
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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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