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Turkey launches national space program

The Ministry of Industry and Technology reports that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched the “Turkish Space Science Mission” as part of the National Space Program.

The ministry statement gives details of the project, which Erdogan announced after the cabinet meeting.

As noted in the message, Turkish scientists, together with astronauts, will be able to send scientific equipment to the international space station. In this way, it will be possible to conduct research in the gravity of the space environment.

“The space mission will last 10 days,” the statement said.

The statement noted that with the implementation of the space science mission within the framework of the National Space Program, Turkey will be able to conduct scientific experiments using the infrastructure of the international space station. It is noted that thanks to this prestigious mission, Turkey will be among the countries sending their citizens into space.

Astronaut candidates must meet the following requirements:

Be a citizen of the Republic of Turkey, be under the age of 45, not be deprived of public rights, have a university degree in one of the faculties of Engineering, Science/Basic Sciences, Education and Medicine, have at least 4 years of higher education, be very proficient in English, have a height of 149.5 to 190.5 centimeters and a weight of 43 to 110 kilograms.

The 2 selected candidates will serve in the TUA or TUBITAK mission for 10 years.

The International Space Station was launched into Earth orbit in 1998. Over the past 24 years, $150 billion has been invested in the station. During this period, more than 3,000 experiments have been carried out in the field of anatomy, biology and biotechnology, physics, technology development, and so on.

To date, 258 people have visited the International Space Station, including scientists from 20 different countries.

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