Riding into the sky at Scifest

2017-01-12 06:01

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 from 8-14 March.

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.

He 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.

  • For more information regarding lectures, workshops and tours visit www.scifest.org.za from 6 February 2017.

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