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Türkiye achieves milestone with first crew space mission, President Erdoğan says in video message


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Published January 19,2024


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan introduced a major milestone early Friday as Türkiye ventures into the second century of the Republic with the graduation of its inaugural human house mission.

Erdoğan delivered a video message as a part of Türkiye’s inaugural crewed house flight beneath the National Space Program and mentioned the nation is witnessing a historic second and experiencing a pinnacle of shared delight.

“We are taking a step into the second century of our Republic, the Century of Türkiye, with the manned space mission we have undertaken for the first time,” mentioned Erdoğan.

As heirs to a civilization that has considerably contributed to the historical past of science, Erdoğan highlighted the graduation of a useful new chapter, aiming to re-enact the mission carried all through historical past.

“For the first time, we are sending a citizen into space to inspire our young people who look to the horizon with a sparkle in their eyes and our children whose dreams cannot be contained within the world,” he mentioned.

Highlighting the heroic service of Alper Gezeravcı, a former pilot within the Turkish Air Force, Erdoğan emphasised that after in depth preparations and coaching, Gezeravcı has launched into a journey to the International Space Station.

“Thus, we are realizing one of our goals in our National Space Program, which we announced to the world in 2021. Within the scope of the ‘Turkish Space Science’ mission, which will last for 14 days at the International Space Station, 13 experiments prepared by our scientists will be conducted,” he mentioned.

Scientific research will cowl various fields comparable to astronomy, medication, genetics and materials science, added Erdoğan.

Gezeravcı’s launch on the Ax3 mission will likely be carried out by personal house exploration agency SpaceX in Cape Canaveral, Florida, with its Falcon 9 rocket at 4.49 p.m. EST. or 12.49 a.m. Türkiye time.

Liftoff was initially deliberate for Jan. 9 however was postponed twice to Jan. 17 after which to Jan. 18.

Four house vacationers from Türkiye, Spain, Italy, and Sweden will conduct greater than 30 scientific experiments and demonstrations on the ISS as a part of the Ax3 mission.

Source: www.anews.com.tr

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