December 22, 2011
An article in Discovery News reports that Authorities in the African nation of Namibia had been alerted to a strange object which had reportedly fallen from space. The object was a hollow metal sphere, 35 cm (14 inches) in diameter consisting of two halves welded together with nipple-like bumps on either side.
It landed near a small village in the north of Namibia, some 480 miles from the nation's capital, Windhoek. Eyewitnesses claim to have heard a series of loud explosions a couple days before the object was found in mid-November.
Authorities investigated to make sure it was not an explosive device, then called both NASA and the European Space Agency to ask what it might be. The experts say that it is likely a COPV, or Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel; a container designed to hold pressurized gases in space vehicles. They are often wrapped in carbon fiber or Kevlar, enabling them to withstand re-entry. Similar balls have been discovered in other parts of the world. So essentially, it's a piece of space junk.
It has not yet been determined which space mission the Namibian "Space Ball" came from.
Game and Story Use
- An unidentified object has landed nearby and the PC's have been sent to investigate. It's obviously artificial; but is it really a piece of space junk, or is it an alien artifact.
- The sphere is hollow; what's in it?
- The PC's have found this sphere, and now mysterious persons want to get it from them
- The government which sent up the space mission the object came from
- Alien-worshipping cultists who believe it is a holy artifact
- The aliens themselves seeking to recover their missing frammitaz
- Or just Men in Black