Türkiye’s First Astronaut, Alper Gezeravcı, Embarks on Historic Space Mission

Türkiye is sending its inaugural astronaut, 43-year-old fighter pilot Alper Gezeravcı, on a space journey

The launch is scheduled from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the United States to the International Space Station (ISS) for a 14-day mission.

Operated by Axiom, the special shuttle will host astronauts from Sweden, Italy, and Spain alongside Gezeravcı. Turkish President Erdoğan had announced Gezeravcı’s mission in May 2023.

©TUA-Alper Gezeravcı

During his 14-day stay on the ISS, Gezeravcı will conduct 13 different scientific experiments prepared by universities and research institutions. These experiments include studying the production of high-strength alloys resistant to high temperatures, investigating the effects of a non-gravity environment on thermophysical and crystal growth processes, making propulsion systems of spacecraft more efficient, examining microalgae species under non-gravity conditions, revealing the effects of space conditions on human health, and assembling lead-free components on an electronic board.

The experiments aim to contribute significantly to Türkiye’s ability to develop new materials for space, aviation, and defense industries. Halit Mirahmetoğlu, Director of GUHEM Space and Aviation Center, emphasized the historical and symbolic weight of the mission, stating that it will not only affirm technological goals but also boost national pride and usher in a new era of scientific innovation and international cooperation. Gezeravcı expressed his readiness to “carry the dreams of the Turkish people into the depths of space” and highlighted the mission’s role in advancing the country’s space studies.





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