Organisers of this year’s National Science Festival, Scifest Africa, have confirmed that visitors will have the unique opportunity to be taken on an exhilarating tour by scientists from the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).

The festival, sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, will take place in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 8-14 March and will celebrate the theme “Tour de Science” by turning visitors into satellite engineers!

If you have ever wondered how many times you rely on a satellite in day to day living, then an expedition piloted by SANSA Remote Sensing Researcher, Phila Sibandze, is the perfect start to this journey into space. Join him as he navigates this part of the educational Tour de Science that will take visitors on a journey through the life of a satellite.

SANSA Chief Scientist, Professor Mike Kosch, will then navigate the tour to give visitors a peek at rare footage of sprites (optical gas discharges which occur between the top of thunderstorms and space) recorded in South Africa for the first time. Professor Kosch will have visitors on the edge of their seats during a live demonstration where he will generate a sprite using a petrol engine ignition system and a vacuum chamber.

SANSA will also present a workshop focussing on electronic circuits in space where visitors can explore how electronic components on satellites can be exposed to the harsh conditions in space.

To catch other fantastic lectures workshops and tours lookout for the electronic programme available at www.scifest.org.za from 6 February 2017.

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