As part of their ongoing space research, Türkiye is currently conducting expeditions in Antarctica. According to Ersan Başar, the deputy leader of an expedition of 24 scientists, preliminary work for space research is being carried out in Antarctica. This marks a significant milestone as “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, located 40 nautical miles from Horseshoe Island. Under the guidance of 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 carried out maintenance and repair work on Türkiye’s first permanent Global Navigation Satellite System station located outside its borders. Measures were taken to prevent the spread of bird flu while examining the island where the science camp is located. After inspections were completed, the team began working safely.
On Friday, SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule successfully splashed down off Florida at 8:30 a.m., carrying Turkish, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish space travelers. The successful landing marked another significant achievement for Türkiye’s space exploration efforts.