- South Africans are still wondering about the source of
two unidentified falling objects which have crashed to the ground in the
last few days.
- The first of the objects landed on a farm near the town
of Worcester, about 100km (60 miles) from Cape Town on Thursday - the second
on a farm in Durbanville, on the outskirts of Cape Town, on Sunday.
- Both are described as "big metal balls", the
first weighing about 30kg (65 pounds) and the second about 50kg (110 pounds).
- On Sunday police collected the first ball from the farm
where it had landed.
- Superintendent Andre Kellerman said the Department of
Civil Aviation had asked the police to collect the object and to take statements
from witnesses who had seen it fall.
- "They want to investigate the object. The witnesses
said it was white-hot when it landed. It appears to be solid iron and there
is a section which contains bolts. I don't know what it could be,"
Superintendent Kellerman said.
- 'Gun shots'
- Peter Viljoen, on whose land the ball fell, said farm
workers had heard a noise like two loud gun shots, and had seen the shining
ball falling to the earth.
- The impact left an impression in the ground about 20cm
(eight inches) deep.
- It took more than half an hour before the object was
cool enough to move, Mr Viljoen said.
- The second object was bigger, about one metre (three
feet) high and 1.5 metres (4.5 feet) long. It has a device resembling a
valve at one end.
- Once again, witnesses told of loud bangs as it landed.
- The Star newspaper quotes astronomers as saying the balls
could be parts of a decaying satellite, but could not say for certain until
they had inspected them.
- Nasa has predicted that parts of a Pegasus satellite
would fall to earth, the astronomers told the newspaper.
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