In a hero’s welcome, Turkey’s first astronaut Alper Gezeravci returned from a private three-week mission to the International Space Station. Children greeted him at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport as he handed out Turkish flags he had taken with him into space. The mission, which cost Turkey roughly $55 million, was seen as a source of national pride and a highlight of technological advancement, especially in the field of aerospace and military development.
Industry and Technology Minister Mehmet Fatih Kacir spoke about the space mission, calling it the first but not the last for Turkey. The country established its own space agency in 2018 with plans to land on the moon by 2026. This mission is a symbol of progress and technological advancement for Turkey.
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. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan closely followed Gezeravci’s mission, calling it a symbol of Turkey’s growth and strength in technology.