Turkey’s first astronaut Alper Gezeravcı is nearing his final days on the International Space Station.

The first words of Alper Gezeravcı, who began his 36-hour space journey on January 19, were “The future is in the sky.”

Alper Gezeravcı, who went down in history as “Turkey’s first astronaut,” began his scientific studies after arriving on the International Space Station (ISS).

The multinational Ax-3 crew, consisting of Turks, Spanish-Americans, Italians and Swedes, docked with the ISS, defined as a laboratory in low Earth orbit, at 1:15 p.m. on January 20.


It is planned to carry out 13 experiments

During his 14-day stay in space, Gezeravcı initiates 13 important experimental studies that will be prepared for the mission at various universities and research institutions determined by TUA and TÜBİTAK Space Commission.

Experiments selected from a wide range of topics, from cancer to immune cells, from algae to propolis, will contribute to the scientific literature.

Turkey’s 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 worldwide existing diseases. Experiments such as developing and studying the effects of propolis on bacteria in a microgravity environment are also important in terms of their benefit to the scientific world.


Selected from 36,000 candidates

F-16 pilot Gezeravcı, who dreamed of becoming a pilot since childhood and carried out this task for 21 years, learned that President Erdoğan announced the “first manned space mission” on television when returning from an operational mission, and then applied for the position of the “first Turkish astronaut” who was found.

In his speech at TEKNOFEST, the world’s largest aerospace and technology festival, which began at Atatürk Airport at the end of April last year, President Erdoğan announced that Alper Gezeravcı was designated as the main space passengers and Tuva Cihangir Atasever as the reserve space passengers.

A collaboration has been concluded with Axiom Space in the USA for the training and flight services of the “space traveler” who will carry out Turkey’s first manned space mission. The astronauts’ training process was conducted in Houston, Texas, USA.


Start postponed twice

Gezeravcı’s space flight was originally scheduled for January 9, but the launch was postponed to January 17 due to unsuitable weather conditions.

The launch, which was scheduled to take place at 1:11 a.m. on the night of January 17-18, was postponed for another 24 hours due to the “need to complete technical controls” and was carried out at 12:49 a.m. on January 19.


Call traffic from space

Gezeravcı, who has a busy schedule, had his first meeting with President Erdoğan via video conference.

The address for the second meeting was the Gökmen Space Aviation Training Center in Bursa. Industry and Technology Minister Mehmet Fatih Kacır met with Gezeravcı. Teknofest participants also attended this meeting. Turkey’s first astronaut Gezeravcı also answered questions from students from Diyarbakır.


Experiments will shed light on the world of science

An intensive 14-day program was prepared for Alper Gezeravcı. Experiments were launched under the Turkish Space Research Mission program. His first experiment was “VOKALKORD”.

Gezeravci; ALGALSPACE, EXTREMOPHYTE, CRISPR-GEM, UzMAn and Pranet continue to work as planned with their experiments.

Yesterday it launched “UYNA,” the tenth of 13 experiments to be conducted on the International Space Station (ISS).

The work on producing high-strength, high-temperature resistant alloys, whose project manager is Ömür Can Odabaş from TÜBİTAK MAM, is carried out using ELF in the KIBO module.

The UYNA experiment, which will study the effects of a zero-gravity environment on properties such as thermophysical properties and crystal growth during melting and solidification processes, is expected to significantly contribute to Turkey’s ability to develop new generation materials for space, aviation and to develop the aviation defense industry.


Conducted 10 experiments so far

It is the tenth of 13 experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS).WAKE UPHe implemented it “yesterday”.

The work on producing high-strength, high-temperature resistant alloys, whose project manager is Ömür Can Odabaş from TÜBİTAK MAM, is carried out using ELF in the KIBO module.

The UYNA experiment, which will study the effects of a zero-gravity environment on properties such as thermophysical properties and crystal growth during melting and solidification processes, is expected to significantly contribute to Turkey’s ability to develop new generation materials for space, aviation and to develop the aviation defense industry.

Astronaut Gezeravcı studies “genes whose functions have not yet been discovered and which are influenced by the non-gravity environment and their relationship with the immune system.”NEWSHe implemented his experiment.

Antibacterial effect of propolis proposed by the students of Muş Science and Art Center and whose teacher Birsen Geçer is the project manager (PRANETGezeravcı, who also conducted the experiment, is Prof. of TÜBİTAK MAM. DR. “The aim is to make spacecraft propulsion systems more efficient, with İskender Gökalp and Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Deputy Minister Ahmet Yozgatlıgil being the project managers.”gMetalHe also began his experiment.

Gezeravcı also researched the physiological and molecular responses of the endemic halophyte plant Schrenkiella parvula, which grows in Lake Tuz, to the space environment.EXTREMOPHYTE” continues his experiment.

“It is the first step in developing new plants to provide the nutrients needed by the large numbers of people who will live in space in the future and to support environmental control in closed living environments.”CRISPR GEM“and investigate whether it is possible to use microalgae species in life support systems in space”expert“The experiments continue.

Gezeravcı is researching the use of algae in the space environment for oxygen regeneration from carbon dioxide, additional food supply, water improvement and life support.ALGALSPACE“and will enable the detection of vital responses to life in space through changes emanating from the “vocal cord” and the identification of disturbances caused by low gravity using sound frequencies.”VOICE CORDHe continues his experiments.

OXYGEN SATURATIONThe “experiment aims to identify the differences and inconveniences caused by low gravity by calculating the oxygen content of the air using artificial intelligence.”

Gezeravcı is expected to leave the International Space Station on February 2nd.

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