Collaborative Research: Turkish Scientists Pave Way for Antarctic Discoveries with NASA and SpaceX

Exploratory research conducted by Turkish scientists during science camp in Antarctica

According to Ersan Başar, the deputy leader of an expedition of 24 scientists, Türkiye is currently conducting space research in coordination with expeditions in Antarctica. The Turkish science team, traveling as part of the 8th National Antarctic Science Expedition, has completed their research activities on Dismal Island, the last stop before reaching the science camp on Horseshoe Island in Antarctica.

Seven scientists from the expedition arrived at Dismal Island, located 40 nautical miles from Horseshoe Island and equipped with Türkiye’s first permanent Global Navigation Satellite System station located outside Turkish borders. The team did maintenance and repair work on the satellite station while examining the island where the science camp is located to prevent the spread of bird flu, which was previously seen in places close to Antarctica and recently detected in the continent and region.

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, and Swedish space travelers who were part of a joint mission with NASA for space exploration and scientific research. This marks a significant achievement for Türkiye’s space program and highlights its commitment to exploring new frontiers and expanding its scientific knowledge through collaborative efforts with other countries.

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