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Turkey Takes Flight in Antarctica and Space: A Milestone for International Cooperation


Feb 12, 2024
Exploratory research conducted by Turkish scientists during science camp in Antarctica

Ersan Başar, the deputy leader of a Turkish expedition of 24 scientists, has announced that Türkiye is currently conducting space research in coordination with expeditions in Antarctica. Preliminary work of space research is being carried out in Antarctica, with many joint projects being conducted simultaneously. This signifies that “Our flag is being flown in Antarctica and space at the same time.”

The Turkish science team, traveling as part of the 8th National Antarctic Science Expedition, completed their research activities on Dismal Island, which is located 40 nautical miles from Horseshoe Island. The team did maintenance and repair work on Türkiye’s first permanent Global Navigation Satellite System station located outside Turkish borders. They also took measures to prevent the spread of bird flu, which was previously seen in places close to Antarctica and recently detected in the white continent and in the region.

On Friday, SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule successfully splashed down off Florida at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. GMT), carrying Turkish, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish space travelers. The success of this mission marks a significant milestone for international cooperation in space exploration.

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