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Turkey Chose ‘Alper Gezeravci’ For Its First Human Space Mission In 2023

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(CTN News) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey’s first astronaut will visit the International Space Station by the end of the year.

Astronaut Chosen To Represent Turkey

Alper Gezeravci, a 43-year-old air force pilot, has been chosen to represent Turkey in space for the first time. Tuva Cihangir Atasever, a 30-year-old aircraft systems engineer with Turkish defense contractor Roketsan, is his standby.

In his first public appearance since becoming unwell during a TV interview on Tuesday, Erdogan made the statement at the Teknofest aviation and space expo in Istanbul.

Ilham Aliyev, the president of Azerbaijan, and Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, the acting prime minister of Libya, also made an appearance with him.

Erdogan stated, “Our friend, who will fly Turkey’s first manned space mission, will spend 14 days on the International Space Station.”


During this mission, our astronaut will conduct 13 different experiments that have been planned by renowned academic and research institutions in our nation.

Gezeravci, in Erdogan’s words, is a “heroic Turkish pilot who has achieved significant success in our Air Force Command.”

Turkey Presidential And Legislative Elections

Gezeravci, an F-16 pilot with 21 years of experience in the air force and a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, is profiled on the website of the Turkish Space Agency.

Erdogan addressed the crowds at the festival while donning a red flight jacket. He appeared to be in good condition. On May 14, Turkey will have presidential and legislative elections.

According to opinion polls, Erdogan may be facing his most challenging campaign since he first came to power 20 years ago.

Turkey is experiencing a protracted economic slump, and the government came under fire after a February earthquake that claimed more than 50,000 lives in the nation.

The high death toll was partially attributed by experts to poor building practices and lax building code enforcement.

Erdogan has revealed a number of significant projects while running for reelection, including Turkey’s first nuclear power plant and the transfer of natural gas from Black Sea sources.

Arsi Mughal is a staff writer at CTN News, delivering insightful and engaging content on a wide range of topics. With a knack for clear and concise writing, he crafts articles that resonate with readers. Arsi's pieces are well-researched, informative, and presented in a straightforward manner, making complex subjects accessible to a broad audience. His writing style strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and casual approachability, ensuring an enjoyable reading experience.

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