Ersan Başar, the deputy leader of an expedition of 24 scientists, announced that Türkiye is currently conducting space research in coordination with expeditions in Antarctica. Preliminary work of space research is being carried out in Antarctica, with many joint projects being conducted simultaneously, signifying that “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, completed their research activities on Dismal Island, the last stop before reaching the science camp on Horseshoe Island in Antarctica. The team was led by seven scientists who arrived at Dismal Island under the Turkish Presidency and the Industry and Technology Ministry, with coordination by the Turkish-based TÜBITAK MAM Polar Research Institute.
The team located 40 nautical miles from Horseshoe Island 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 completed, the team started working 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, Italian, Spanish