Added 1 new A* page:Just a couple days ago I was showing videos of Comet Lovejoy, the first sungrazing comet observed to survive its brush with the Sun. Since then it's been winging its way back out toward cooler parts of the solar system, and the commander of the International Space Station caught a great shot of it passing over the Earth's horizon:|
image by NASA (source)
More down to Earth but much more mysteriously, "authorities found in an Internet search" that several "space balls" "have dropped in southern Africa, Australia and Latin America in the past twenty years." The latest, just announced, landed in Namibia last month:
|With a diameter of 35 centimetres (14 inches), the ball has a rough surface and appears to consist of "two halves welded together".|
It was made of a "metal alloy known to man" and weighed six kilogrammes (13 pounds), said Ludik.
It was found 18 metres from its landing spot, a hole 33 centimetres deep and 3.8 meters wide.
Here's a shot of the mysterious space creature:
image by National Forensic Science Institute (source)
Test objects or targets left in orbit by an old space program? Nobody knows--or nobody's talking--yet!