Mission of 1st Turkish space traveler postponed

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 8:12 GMT
Col. Alper Gezeravci to take part in experiments beginning Jan. 17 during 2-week mission on International Space Station.
Mission of 1st Turkish space traveler postponed

The mission of the very first space traveler from Türkiye was postponed from Jan. 9 to Jan. 17 due to weather conditions, a top Turkish official said Thursday. 

The Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mehmet Fatih Kacir said the Ax3 mission was postponed due to adverse weather conditions and the planning of SpaceX.

Col. Alper Gezeravci will take part in the mission with Spanish, Italian and Swedish astronauts, he said previously.

During the two-week mission, Gezeravci will participate in 13 scientific experiments on the International Space Station.

Türkiye selected Gezeravci, a Turkish Air Forces F-16 pilot, as the country's first prospective space traveler earlier this year during the major technology event, TEKNOFEST.

The Turkish Space Agency was established in 2018 and announced its space program in 2019, as well as its intention to send a crewed mission into space.


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