First Turkish Astronaut Returns from 3-Week Mission to International Space Station and Receives Hero’s Welcome

Turkey’s first astronaut, Alper Gezeravci, was greeted with a hero’s welcome upon his return from a private three-week mission to the International Space Station. Children gathered at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport to meet him, and he handed out Turkish flags he had taken with him into space. The mission was seen as a source of national pride and a highlight of technological advancement in the field of aerospace and military development.

The expedition cost the country roughly $55 million and was organized by Houston-based Axiom Space with NASA and SpaceX. Industry and Technology Minister Mehmet Fatih Kacir said that the space mission was just the beginning, indicating that Turkey has opened a new page in space science and technologies. The country established its own space agency in 2018 with plans to land on the moon by 2026.

The crew returned in a SpaceX capsule that parachuted into the Atlantic off the Florida coast on Friday after conducting science experiments in space and chatting with schoolchildren and officials from their countries. Overall, the mission is seen as a symbol of progress and technological advancement for Turkey.

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