Turkey conducts space research in conjunction with expeditions in Antarctica, as explained by a Turkish scientist. Ersan Başar, the deputy leader of a team of 24 scientists, stated that preliminary work of space research is being carried out in Antarctica with many joint projects concurrently in progress. He emphasized that this demonstrates Turkey’s presence and achievements both in Antarctica and in space.
After reaching their research base at Horseshoe Island, the Turkish science team unfurled the Turkish flag and began their research activities. This team, part of the 8th National Antarctic Science Expedition, had previously completed their research on Dismal Island, the last stop before reaching the science camp on Horseshoe Island in Antarctica.
Under the Turkish Presidency and the Industry and Technology Ministry, the TÜBITAK MAM Polar Research Institute coordinates the expedition. Seven scientists from the team arrived at Dismal Island, the largest among the archipelagos opening into the Southern Ocean. They conducted maintenance and repair work on Turkey’s first permanent Global Navigation Satellite System station located outside the country’s borders. Additionally, measures were taken to prevent the spread of bird flu, which had previously been detected in the region.
The team was able to start their work safely after the inspections. It is also mentioned that SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule successfully returned to Earth, carrying Turkish, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish space travelers. This successful landing further adds to Turkey’s increasing involvement and presence in space research and expeditions.