As part of Turkey’s first manned space mission, Turkey’s first astronaut Alper Gezeravcı continues his experiments on the International Space Station without slowing down.

Türkiye is eagerly following astronaut Alper Gezeravcı’s space travel.

Gezeravcı, now Boğaziçi University Dr. in the field of microalgae life support units for space missions. The “expert” experiment is carried out under the responsibility of faculty member Berat Haznedaroğlu.

This experiment aims to develop a closed-system life support unit to conduct growth and endurance tests of microalgae species adapted to the world’s harsh conditions in non-gravity conditions, to study their metabolic changes, and to study their carbon dioxide capture performance and their Determine oxygen production capabilities.

Industry and Technology Minister Mehmet Fatih Kacır noted the following about the expert experiment in his post on his X account:

Experiment 3: Expert. With the UzMAn experiment, one of the thirteen experiments of the Turkish space exploration mission; It is worthwhile to understand how algae, which make up a significant portion of carbon sink areas around the world, grow and survive in space conditions. By observing the changes in oxygen production behavior and metabolism of microalgal species that can live in harsh environments such as Antarctica by absorbing carbon dioxide in the microgravity environment, the question is asked: “Is it possible to use these microalgal species in life support systems in space?” “ “The answer to the question is sought.


Description of the experiment: Microalgae life support units for space missions

The main goal of the mission is to understand how microalgae can grow and survive in space conditions. Microalgae are small microscopic creatures that live in water and can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis. These functions are very important for the life support systems on the space station.

In this experiment, microalgae that can survive in harsh environments on Earth, particularly species from Antarctica, are tested on the International Space Station. Researchers will study how these algae grow, convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, and survive in zero-gravity conditions in space.

Microalgae samples that return to Earth from the space station are examined using a technique called RNA sequencing. This research will provide new information to the scientific world by showing how the metabolism of microalgae changes under space conditions and provide important insights for applications such as energy, feed, food and the extraction of valuable minerals in future space missions.

In short: This mission explores the potential of using microalgae to improve life support systems in space and aims to understand how these algae respond to space conditions.

(Graphic: Nursel Cobuloğlu / TRT News)

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