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Who is Alper GEZERAVCI?

Turkey’s first astronaut, Colonel Alper GEZERAVCI, is ready for his space mission and is set to launch towards the International Space Station (ISS) on January 18, 2024. The Turkish public eagerly follows the launch through science and technology tents set up in public squares, TV broadcasts, and social media posts.

Turkish astronaut Alper GEZERAVCI
Turkish astronaut Alper GEZERAVCI

Who is Astronaut Alper GEZERAVCI?

Born on December 2, 1979, in Silifke, Mersin, Alper GEZERAVCI completed his undergraduate education in Electronic Engineering at the Air Force Academy. Later, he pursued a master’s degree at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Serving as a military combat pilot for 15 years, he fulfilled the role of an F-16 pilot. In addition to military aviation, he worked as a captain pilot at Turkish Airlines for 7 years. In his last assignment, he served as an inspector for the standardization of Air Force training documents and conducted checks for F-16 pilot training flights.

Tasks to be Performed on the International Space Station (ISS):

Alper GEZERAVCI, on his 14-day ISS mission, will carry out various experiments assigned by universities. Thirteen experiments ranging from human health to biological studies will be conducted in space.

The International Space Station (ISS) serves as a laboratory designed to host a range of scientific, technological, and space research. Tasks on the ISS generally include:

Scientific Research: The ISS functions as a laboratory in microgravity conditions, allowing for various scientific experiments in biology, physics, materials science, and other fields.

Medical Research: Studies on the effects of space on life and the impact of long-term space travel on human health are conducted. This research is crucial for future long-term space missions.

Space Technology Development: The ISS is used as a platform to develop space technologies. Research includes material testing in space, advancements in robotic technology, and studies in space engineering.

Climate and Environmental Observations: The ISS is utilized to monitor various climate and environmental variables from Earth’s orbit, contributing to an enhanced understanding of climate change and environmental factors.

Education and Training Activities: The ISS serves as an educational and inspirational resource for young people and students. Space-related studies aim to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and encourage the younger generation’s interest in space.

International Collaboration: As a project involving multiple countries, the ISS fosters international cooperation. Astronauts and scientists from different nations come together on the ISS to collaborate on joint projects.

The ISS has become a central hub for space research, providing valuable data and information in the fields of science, technology, and space exploration.


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