As Ersan Başar, the deputy leader of an expedition of 24 scientists, stated, Turkey is currently conducting space research in coordination with expeditions in Antarctica. This is evident through the preliminary work being carried out on Dismal Island, located 40 nautical miles from Horseshoe Island in Antarctica. The Turkish science team has completed their research activities on this island, signifying that “Our flag is being flown in Antarctica and space at the same time.”
The team arrived at Dismal Island as part of the 8th National Antarctic Science Expedition, which was organized under the Turkish Presidency and the Industry and Technology Ministry, with coordination by the Turkish-based TÜBITAK MAM Polar Research Institute. Seven scientists from the expedition conducted maintenance and repair work on Türkiye’s first permanent Global Navigation Satellite System station located outside Turkish borders. They also took measures to prevent the spread of bird flu while examining the island where the science camp is located. After completing inspections, they started working safely.
Meanwhile, SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule successfully splashed down off Florida at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. GMT) on Friday, carrying Turkish, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish space travelers back to Earth after their mission in space.