Ankara, 19 January 2024(TDI): Fahrettin Altun, Turkey’s Presidential Communications Director, made a historic announcement on the country’s first human space mission, a huge step forward in manned space exploration.
He mentioned that they witnessed Turkey’s historic step towards manned space exploration: “Turkey took its first step into manned space travel.”
Altun expressed, “We are proud to live the ambitious story of the Turkey Century extending into space and to realize another dream that has been expected to come true for years.”
Director of Communications Altun continued, stating, “This important journey will be a cornerstone for the work we have done and are planning to carry out in the future at Uzay Vatan.”
In addition, he stated that this journey “represents the beginning of the great story of the Turkish Century,” expanding into space. It is also an extremely valuable step that will reinforce our country’s presence in space.
Fahrettin Altun, the Presidential Communications Director, referred to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition for Turkey as inspiring success in all fields.
Also, he expressed good wishes, stating, “I wish you success in this journey, which is taking place under the coordination of our Presidency and the Turkish Space Agency.”
First Manned Space Mission
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shared a video message for the “First Manned Space Mission,” the inaugural stage of the National Space Program, stating that Turkey witnessed a historic event, accompanied by a peak of shared satisfaction.
In this regard, President Erdogan stated, “We are entering the second century of our republic, the century of Turkey, with the first manned space mission.”
As the heirs of a civilization that has made distinctive contributions to the history of science, we are embarking on a valuable new journey, continuing the mission we have carried throughout history.
Moreover, addressing our young people who gaze at the sky with excitement, he added, “For the first time, we are sending a citizen to space to inspire children whose dreams do not fit into this world.”
President Erdogan announced that Alper Gezeravcı, a Turkish Air Force jet pilot, successfully completed his journey to the International Space Station after completing training.
In addition to this, President Recep Tayyip announced that Turkey is achieving its National Space Program goal by conducting 13 experiments on the International Space Station’s ‘Turkish Space Science’ mission.
As per reports, the 14-day mission will focus on astronomy, medicine, genetics, and material science.
Meanwhile, scientists are preparing for these studies, hoping they will benefit the country and contribute to scientific knowledge. Recep Tayyip expressed his hope for God’s blessing on the project.
Turkey’s SpaceX Mission
Reports state that four Europeans were aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, including Turkey’s first astronaut.
The groundbreaking journey, initially scheduled for Wednesday, faced a postponement due to last-minute checks but is now set for launch.
Managed entirely by the private sector, this project, in collaboration with NASA, represents the latest initiative to turn space travel into a profitable enterprise.
Furthermore, Fahrettin Altun, the Presidential Communications Director, delivered remarks about Turkey’s first human mission to space and presented a report following the Ax-3 mission.
In his statement, the Director of Communications, Altun, expressed, “Our country’s first manned space adventure has begun. Good luck to Alper Gezeravcı. Be proud, Turkey; more will follow,” he declared.
Additionally, he shared photographs of SpaceX’s successful launch, showcasing Gezeravci’s participation.