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Turkey’s simultaneous Antarctica and Space Research Expeditions


Feb 12, 2024
Exploratory research conducted by Turkish scientists during science camp in Antarctica

In the midst of Antarctic expeditions, Turkey is conducting space research with coordinated efforts. Ersan Başar, the deputy leader of an expedition comprising 24 scientists, stated that preliminary work for space research is being carried out in Antarctica simultaneously with various joint projects. This highlights Turkey’s flag being flown in both Antarctica and space at the same time.

The Turkish science team, as part of the 8th National Antarctic Science Expedition, completed their research activities on Dismal Island, the last stop before reaching the science camp on Horseshoe Island in Antarctica. With support from the Turkish Presidency, Industry and Technology Ministry, and TÜBITAK MAM Polar Research Institute, seven scientists worked on maintenance and repair of Türkiye’s first permanent Global Navigation Satellite System station located outside Turkish borders. Measures were taken to prevent bird flu spread in close proximity to Antarctica and recently detected in the continent and region. After inspections, the team began working safely.

Meanwhile, SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule successfully splashed down off Florida at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. GMT) on Friday, carrying Turkish, Italian, Spanish

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