February 22, 2024 11:32 pm
Exploratory research conducted by Turkish scientists during science camp in Antarctica

According to Ersan Başar, the deputy leader of an expedition of 24 scientists, 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, has completed their research activities on Dismal Island, the last stop before reaching the science camp on Horseshoe Island in Antarctica. Under the Turkish Presidency and the Industry and Technology Ministry, with coordination by the Turkish-based TÜBITAK MAM Polar Research Institute, seven scientists from the expedition arrived at Dismal Island, the largest among the archipelagos opening into the Southern Ocean.

The team, located 40 nautical miles from Horseshoe Island, did maintenance and repair work on Türkiye’s first permanent Global Navigation Satellite System station located outside Turkish borders. Measures were taken while examining the island 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. After inspections were completed, a safe working environment was established for all participants involved.

On Friday morning Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. GMT), SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule successfully splashed down off Florida after carrying Turkish, Italian, Spanish and Swedish space travelers who completed their mission successfully on International Space Station (ISS). The team had traveled aboard a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center early Friday morning Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. GMT)

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