An unusual tribute for Madiba from space

2013-12-10 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The word “Madiba” is being beamed from space every 30 seconds by South Africa’s recently launched nano-satellite.

The unusual tribute was executed by the team that developed and built Tshepiso Sat at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s France-South Africa Institute for Technology in Bellville, Cape Town.

The satellite’s call sign is actually Zacube 1, but the team decided to change it until the day of Nelson Mandela’s funeral, December 15. The call sign is sent to identify the tiny satellite and precisely mark its location.

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