Timeline of Metal Spheres Discovered South of Ashburton, New Zealand:
1) 4 similar-sized titanium alloy balls 15 inches in diameter landed on John Lindores farm about 10 miles south of Ashburton on April 3, 1972. Soviets denied metal balls were remnants of Venus-bound spacecraft later renamed Cosmos 482. But New Zealand authorities said Cyrillic Russian writing was found, even though never photographed.
2) 2 other smaller titanium alloy balls, a larger piece of spacecraft and a cylindrical structure were also found by other residents April 3, 1972, a little further south of Ashburton.
3) Silicon-aluminum alloy sphere found October 24, 1978, by farmer John Lovett also south of Ashburton.
4) Silicon-aluminum alloy sphere found November 5, 1978, by New Zealand DSIE (Defense Security Information Exchange) also south of Ashburton.
November 18, 2009 Albuquerque, New Mexico - On March 31, 1972, the Soviet Union launched a Venus 9 spacecraft later renamed Cosmos 482 with the goal of making a Venus trajectory for exploration. But four days later on April 3, 1972, the Venus 9 failed as it tried to move into the planned Venus trajectory. At 1 AM on April 3, 1972, a farmer named John Lindores of Ashburton, New Zealand, reported that four red-hot, metallic balls about 38 centimeters in diameter (15 inches) landed on his farm near Ashburton. Two smaller spheres, a larger spacecraft piece and cylindrical structure were found further south of John Lindores farm by other residents.
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