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Vietnam Probes Mysterious 'Space Balls'

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posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 10:13 AM
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Vietnam's military is investigating the appearance of three mysterious metal balls -- believed to be debris from space -- which landed in the country's remote north, a senior army official said Friday.

Two metal balls were discovered in northwestern Yen Bai province on January 2, army spokesman Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan told AFP.

Later a larger ball weighing some 45 kilograms (100 pounds) landed in a maize field in neighbouring Tuyen Quang province, he said.

"We are still identifying where they came from," he said, adding the army had determined they did not contain explosives or hazardous material.

The metal balls fell from the sky, he said, scaring local residents.






Vietnam Probes Mysterious 'Space Balls'

LoL at the title Space Balls...

What are these things?? There was a similar event in Spain last year. The link provides some good pictures.

They look like a huge version of the Oopart objects found in (Africa?), can't remember exactly where.
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posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 10:17 AM
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a reply to: Signals

I'm going with hydrazine tank from some kind of satellite or similar.

Like this one.



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 10:18 AM
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Hydrazine Propellant Tanks
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posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 10:45 AM
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a reply to: Signals

Yes, there was a similar slew of incidents last year, although those tanks in the Vietnamese incident photos seem an awful lot more intact.

Some of those Spanish balls looked decidedly bedraggled.



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 10:57 AM
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And in other news, Ironman, who had been flying overhead earlier, was seen walking very gingerly to a nearby medical clinic... (sorry, couldn't help myself)

Seriously though, if they are hollow tanks, presumably with fairly thin walls, I would think they would burn upon re-entry. That sphere appears to be in very good shape. If it hit hard enough to make that crater I would expect to see some surface deflection at the very least.



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 11:09 AM
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a reply to: Vroomfondel

Opposing winds slowing descent? Sudden updraft before impact? Angle of descent, incline of terrain, terrain type... Lots of variables for a hollow, metal coated spheroid heading to the surface.



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 11:09 AM
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a reply to: Vroomfondel


Seriously though, if they are hollow tanks, presumably with fairly thin walls, I would think they would burn upon re-entry. That sphere appears to be in very good shape. If it hit hard enough to make that crater I would expect to see some surface deflection at the very least.

Made of (Titanium) or Stainless steel (higher melting point), more resilient than other components and spherical they 'turn' during reentry, absorbing heat more evenly than an oblong shape. Also these planned de-orbits are slower with a flatter trajectory to give more time for other components to burn up.

Just my impressions…
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posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 11:14 AM
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a reply to: Signals

slow news day ?????????????????????

any pressure vessel from a missile , launch vehicle or satelite will have a serial number , volume and test pressure stamped on it



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 11:51 AM
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originally posted by: TrueBrit

Some of those Spanish balls looked decidedly bedraggled.


I hope I'm not the only one who busted out laughing when I read that. I always hear a British accent in your posts, and I could just picture John Steed saying that to Emma Peel. Or Dr. Bombay saying that to Samantha Stevens.



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 12:06 PM
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a reply to: Zarniwoop

But why would their military investigate, if it is so obvious?
And shouldn't there be marks on it, like a serial number, or something similiar?



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 12:11 PM
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a reply to: Peeple

Wouldn't it be a good idea to know where they came from?

From the OP source article:


Thanh Nien newspaper said that the initial investigation suggested the objects could have been made in Russia and come from missiles or spaceships.

Nguyen Khoa Son, a professor from the Vietnamese Space Science and Technology Program, told the VietnamNet news site that the balls might be the result of a failed satellite launch.

He said the balls did not appear to be damaged and could have fallen from an altitude of less than 100 kilometres (62 miles).


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posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 12:53 PM
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Lol a retarded iron spaceball.
Sounds british design



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 12:56 PM
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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Signals

Yes, there was a similar slew of incidents last year, although those tanks in the Vietnamese incident photos seem an awful lot more intact.

Some of those Spanish balls looked decidedly bedraggled.

Obviously some countries make their space balls better than others

As for the tanks surviving, that's official. One example,

" The analysis that we’ve done is as certain as any analysis of this type can be,” said NASA administrator Michael Griffin. “The hydrazine tank will survive intact … the hydrazine in it is frozen solid. Not all of it will melt. So you will land on the ground with a tank full of slush hydrazine that would then later evaporate. The tank will have been breached — not probably, but the tank will have been breached — because the fuel lines will have been ripped out of the main spacecraft, and so that hydrazine will vent.”





posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 01:13 PM
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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Vroomfondel

Opposing winds slowing descent? Sudden updraft before impact? Angle of descent, incline of terrain, terrain type... Lots of variables for a hollow, metal coated spheroid heading to the surface.


Lots of variables, yes. But none that would account for it being in that condition after falling from space.

Re-entry temps can reach 3000+ F. Titanium becomes liquid at 3020F. At elevated temps the yield strength of titanium is 40ksi - roughly the same as aluminum at ambient temp. It must have absorbed some heat, the discoloration demonstrates that. Smooth titanium would hold its heat a fairly long time, cetrainly long enough to hit the ground.

All things considered, there should be visible contour deflection evident. Hell, if I were asked to predict its fate upon uncontrolled re-entry, I would say sunny side up - flat with a bulge in the middle.



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 01:16 PM
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The source article says that it may have fallen from 62 miles or less. But it could have come through reentry with the surrounding vehicle intact, and it broke up after passing the atmosphere, as with NASA said, some hydrazine left inside it as a slurry mix, which would have helped soften the impact somewhat.



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 01:25 PM
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It could have come from a bunch of different things.

a reply to: Nochzwei


Sounds british design


Yeah, like a poorly designed toothbrush. No bristles.
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posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 01:31 PM
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a reply to: Signals

Sure would ruin somebody's day getting hit in the head by a steel ball. Talk about getting your bell rung!



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 01:59 PM
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Oh ****. There goes the planet.



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 02:16 PM
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Great posts guys and gals.

It's a good thing I held back on my Alien Donut Hole theory.



posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 02:18 PM
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So their military has balls of steel now.



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