Astronaut Alper Gezeravcı’s space mission, launched on January 19, will be completed today with the planned landing on Earth. Gezeravcı, who conducted 13 scientific experiments during his time on the International Space Station (ISS), also drew attention to Turkey’s space adventure.
Turkey’s first manned space flight was followed with enthusiasm from live links across the country and from space tents (Planetherium) set up in various provinces. To commemorate this historic day, the Turkish flag was hung on the July 15 Martyrs’ Bridge.
Gezeravcı’s space journey began with the successful launch of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 19. Gezeravcı’s words in his first live broadcast from space were those of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey: “The future is in the sky.” was the sentence.
The four-member Ax-3 team, which reached the ISS after an approximately 36-hour journey, was welcomed to the station with a ceremony. The ceremony was broadcast live on Axiom Space’s social media accounts. Gezeravcı said the following in his first speech on the ISS:
“As Turkey, we are happy to take a first step in our history. We look forward to contributing to the science and research studies here. We would like to thank Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades who founded and entrusted the Republic of Turkey.” It is to us, to all our martyrs who gave their lives for this country, to the strong forces that made it possible for us to come here come.” “I express my gratitude to our state and our nation with their will. The future is in the air.”
He immediately began experiments
When Gezeravcı went to the ISS, which is defined as a laboratory in low Earth orbit, his first task was to safely remove the experimental setups he had taken with him from the Dragon capsule and transfer them to their pre-experiment storage locations.
Gezeravcı, who then began observing the reactions of various studies in the microgravity environment as part of his scientific mission, from cancer to immune cells, from algae to propolis, carried out 13 experiments prepared by the Turkish Space Agency (TUA) and TÜBİTAK Space Commission, according to his agenda, during his stay here.
Turkey’s acquisition of the ability to develop new generation materials for the space, aviation and defense industries, make spacecraft propulsion systems more efficient, determine the carbon dioxide capture performance and oxygen production capability of microalgae species in a zero gravity environment, new treatments and preventive measures for diseases existing worldwide. Experiments such as developing and studying the effects of propolis on bacteria in a microgravity environment are expected to make significant contributions to the scientific literature.
The “Experiment Dictionary”, which contains the experiments conducted by Gezeravcı for 14 days and the definitions of the terms for easier understanding, was also shared daily on TUA’s social media accounts.
He established his first live connection with Erdoğan
Gezeravcı answered the questions of the public, especially young people, about space with the live connections he made with the Earth in space and explained step by step the scientific studies he conducted.
As part of the space expedition, Alper Gezeravcı had his first meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In response to Erdoğan telling him, “You have been an inspiration to our entire nation,” Gezeravcı said, “As we enter the Turkish century on the 100th anniversary of our republic, I am proud to represent my country in it.” “They made this dream a reality and gave it to many Turkish young people, including me, and to our future generations,” who accepted it as their own dream and were afraid to even dream about it. “You have enabled us to rise and increase our confidence,” said.
Gezeravcı, who made his second live connection with Industry and Technology Minister Mehmet Fatih Kacır, said: “You have supported us in every way during our mission preparation process. During the quarantine process, you showed great kindness to your delegation and I came to the quarantine facility and visited them. As a child of a nation with a very strong spirituality, this visit gives me the support of our state. “It felt premium and very uplifting,” he said.
TEKNOFEST pose in space
Gezeravcı, who posed in the “TEKNOFEST pose” in space at the request of Minister Kacır, shared the following on his social media account:
“As I proudly move forward to make my country an internationally recognized science and technology power, I am accompanied by the TEKNOFEST pose, which has become a classic along with our Crescent Star flag. I want every child in this country to be inspired by this story and have hope for the future.”
Gezeravcı, who held meetings with students in Bursa, Samsun, Diyarbakır, Kocaeli, Konya, Balıkesir and Hatay, answered the questions of press representatives through a connection.
Emphasizing the importance of the purpose of getting into space for young people at every opportunity, Gezeravcı explained that an astronaut should have many different qualities, citing them as coolness, education, language skills, flight experience, physical and mental health, patience, perseverance, etc Dedication.
Gezeravcı said: “The tasks we started today are the clearest sign of what professions you can do in the future. This path is now open in our country, in our country. Do not worry. If you have set your sights on becoming an astronaut, your lessons at school are very important right now. said.
Today I return to the world
On February 2, a farewell ceremony for Gezeravcı and his team was held on the ISS. In his speech at the ceremony, Gezeravcı said: “This was the starting point of a story, not a destination. May our next path be a promising one for our entire nation,” he said.
While February 3 was set as the first scheduled return date, the team’s departure from the ISS was postponed three times due to adverse weather conditions.
The Dragon capsule carrying the crew, which left the ISS on Wednesday, February 7, is expected to land in the sea in Daytona Beach, Florida, after 8:30 a.m. US time (around 4:30 p.m. Turkish lira) today.