- Turkey’s first astronaut, Alper Gezeravci, has returned home from a three-week mission to the International Space Station.
- Gezeravci’s mission is seen as a symbol of Turkey’s advances in technology and aerospace.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has praised the mission, calling it a symbol of a growing and assertive Turkey.
Turkey’s first astronaut, Alper Gezeravci, has been welcomed home with a hero’s welcome, as the country celebrates its advances in technology and aerospace. Gezeravci returned from a private three-week mission to the International Space Station, where he carried Turkish flags with him into space. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has closely followed Gezeravci’s mission, hailing it as a symbol of a growing and assertive Turkey. The mission, organized by Axiom Space with NASA and SpaceX, is seen as a source of national pride and a highlight of Turkey’s technological advancements.
The return of Gezeravci marks a milestone for Turkey, as it establishes its own space agency and sets its sights on moon landing by 2026. The country has invested approximately $55 million in the mission, showcasing its commitment to space exploration and commitment to advancing in the field of aerospace and military development. Gezeravci was accompanied on his mission by Italian air force Col. Walter Villadei and Sweden’s Marcus Wandt, both former fighter pilots. The crew returned to Earth in a SpaceX capsule that parachuted into the Atlantic off the Florida coast.
During their time in orbit, the astronauts conducted various science experiments and engaged in conversations with schoolchildren and officials from their countries. The mission was not without its challenges, as the crew had to wait a few extra days at the space station due to inclement weather in the splashdown zone. Despite the delays, the success of the mission has been hailed as a significant achievement for Turkey and a step forward in its space science and technology advancements.
Addressing journalists upon his return, Industry and Technology Minister Mehmet Fatih Kacir stated that this mission was just the beginning for Turkey and that a new chapter has been opened in space science and technologies. As Turkey continues to invest in its space agency and pursue its goal of landing on the moon, the successful return of Gezeravci serves as an inspiration and a symbol of Turkey’s determination and progress in the field of space exploration.