Türkiye is currently conducting space research in coordination with expeditions in Antarctica, according to Ersan Başar, the deputy leader of an expedition of 24 scientists. 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. Located 40 nautical miles from Horseshoe Island, they 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 carried out safely.
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 astronauts as well as those from Italy, Spain and Sweden. This marks a significant milestone for space exploration and demonstrates Türkiye’s commitment to advancing scientific knowledge through collaboration and innovation.