Turkey’s first astronauts arrive at the International Space Station

The mission was launched on January 18 / Reuters Photo
The mission was launched on January 18 / Reuters Photo

Turkey’s first astronauts have arrived at the International Space Station (ISS).

Alper Gezeravci, 44, arrived at the ISS on a SpaceX rocket along with three other European astronauts.

The mission, by a private company called Axiom Space, was launched on January 18 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Turkish astronauts will spend 2 weeks on the ISS under the Axiom 3 mission.

Alper Gezeravci holds a master’s degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio.

He has 15 years of experience flying F-16 and other fighter jets in the Turkish Air Force.

Apart from his military career, he worked as a captain in Turkish Airlines for 7 years.

This is the first mission involving all European astronauts.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called it a historic moment for Turkey.

Turkish astronaut Alper Gezeravci / Photo courtesy of ntv
Turkish astronaut Alper Gezeravci / Photo courtesy of ntv

He said that we have entered the second century of Turkish democracy with this space mission.

He said that as the successor of a civilization that played an important role in the history of science, we have started a new chapter.

He further said that for the first time we have sent one of our citizens into space so that the young generation can be inspired to fulfill their dreams.

It should be noted that Turkey signed an agreement with Axiom Space in 2022 to send its citizens on space missions.

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