Turkish Astronaut Alper Gezeravcı Returns to Earth
Alper Gezeravcı, the first Turkish astronaut to complete a space mission at the International Space Station, received a warm welcome upon his return to Turkey. Minister of Industry and Technology, Mehmet Fatih Kacır greeted Gezeravcı at Esenboğa Airport with a group of 13 children. The arrival was also attended by Turkish Space Agency (TUA) President Yusuf Kıraç, Turkey’s 2nd Astronaut Tuva Cihangir Atasever, and a large delegation.
Minister Kacır expressed his excitement about Turkey’s first astronaut completing his successful space mission, marking a significant achievement for the country and demonstrating the value placed on scientific research and opportunities provided to its scientists.
Gezeravcı’s 18-day mission at the International Space Station included 13 scientific experiments related to materials science, human health, and the immune system. The mission also aimed to enhance the efficiency of spacecraft engines and assemble components on electronic cards in space.
In his statement, Minister Kacır highlighted the importance of valuing science and scientific research at the highest level, emphasizing that the mission provided a message of confidence to Turkish youth and children.
Looking ahead, Minister Kacır announced plans for international collaborations in manned space missions and the development of space stations and other systems through R&D programs and the establishment of a space development zone in Ankara.
Gezeravcı expressed his gratitude to the President, the Ministry of Industry and Technology, the Turkish Space Agency, and TÜBİTAK for their support in his historic mission. He also underscored the significance of his accomplishment as a collective success for all children in Turkey.
During a Q&A session, Gezeravcı shared his experiences in space, emphasizing the incredible opportunities for scientific experiments and the significance of space exploration for the future. He also expressed his excitement about reuniting with the people of Turkey and the pride in representing his country as the first Turkish astronaut.
In conclusion, Turkey’s successful space mission has laid the foundation for further advancements in space research and exploration, positioning the country as a leading player in satellite technology and manned space missions. Alper Gezeravcı’s return to Earth is not just a personal achievement but a milestone for the scientific community in Turkey and an inspiration for future generations.