Turkey’s First Space Travelers Talked About Their Education Processes – Last Minute Technology News

Gezeravcı stated that the education process started in Houston, Texas, USA, and said the education processes continue to circulate here at stations in several states.

Emphasizing that they have the opportunity to see the picture of the process much more clearly when they come to the training in the US, Gezeravcı explained that they have a much clearer idea about the processes that are waiting for them, physical conditions, the execution of the task and unexpected scenarios.


Gezeravcı pointed out that the space mission is scheduled to be carried out in the last quarter of 2023 and noted that it will be possible to obtain information about the clear timetable in the near future.

Alper Gezeravcı said, “We have a six-month calendar ahead of us. It’s a very full six-month process, decorated with too much educational content, so we won’t even understand how the process went.”

Gezeravcı drew attention to the educational content and made the following assessment:

“There are many parts that surprise us, because we are well versed in the educational content. The fact that we have not gone through such a process before and because we are aware of the details that we do not have access to in the open source information we follow, we are amazed at how extensive the content and details of the education are because of some details that I can’t pronounce too much at the moment. We don’t hide.”

Gezeravcı stated that the launch for the space mission will be from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and that it is planned to stay in space for 14 days, and that the experiments selected by TÜBİTAK will be conducted in this process.

Emphasizing that he doesn’t think any topic will force him into the space mission, Gezeravcı said:

“My task, which I had already performed so far, contained the content and conditions of the task to be performed in extreme conditions apart from everyday living conditions. Apart from that, in an unfamiliar environment without gravity or ‘microgravity’, in an environment where gravity is very minimal, the movement may appear different. There will be an opportunity to live and experience the dynamics, but I don’t see any of these conditions as conditions that will force them.”

Gezeravcı stated that it was “extremely satisfying” to be Turkey’s first space traveler and continued as follows:

“It is a first in our history. It is extremely gratifying to see our country leave with a will, as it is a step that will boost the confidence of a generation whose dreams have been limited by planes flying in the sky, together with generations to come, and will carry the threshold of dreams to space beyond the visible heaven My expectation, this first step we have taken is a starting step in our history that we will be proud of from now on, and that our country will take its deserved place in the coming period as not only a participant but also a voice in larger space projects.”

Gezeravcı added that he wants to transfer his knowledge and experience to those who will be included in the program in the coming years.

“My desire is to go to the moon”

Tuva Cihangir Atasever also shared how her dream of space travel started.

Atasever said, “Actually, I can’t say since childhood, ‘I had a dream to become an astronaut and go to space.’ “Being part of a mission was one of the rational steps. I can say that I am the first decision in this way,’ he said.

Atasever said he was very excited when Turkey’s first manned space mission was announced:

“When the National Space Program was announced and when it was first announced that a Turkish space traveler would be selected, I had already decided to apply. I applied when the application process started in May 2022. The application process took quite long “We went through extremely intense and challenging tests and elimination phases. We went through screening processes such as intelligence tests, analytical thinking tests, psychological tests, and then some physical environment tests and interviews. It was a process that took about 10 months in total, it was great to be here as a result.”


Atasever stated that his first goal during the application process was to pass the first qualifying stage, stating that as the process progressed his confidence increased a little more and he hoped to be selected “very fervently”.

Atasever said, “I heard that I was elected during the longest day of the night. On December 21, 2022, TÜBİTAK Vice President Ahmet Yozgatlıgil called me, explained the situation and discussed in detail how the process would go. I can say that it took me a while to fully understand the event right after the speech ended.” After an hour, when I stopped and thought, I realized that ‘Yes, it happened’. I was of course very excited, very proud. Being part of such a historic mission is both a joy and a source of pride,” he said.

Atasever inquired that since they began their education in the US, they had largely received a theoretical education and said:

“We are currently trying to process the technical information, related subsystems and theoretical material of the emergency scenarios of the vehicle we will launch into space. In the coming months we will start our training, which I can describe as ‘hands on’, more physically, and many more exciting training processes await us in the coming months, for example, we will do the ‘centrifuge test’ that we got to experience during the qualification process in Turkey, then it will be at least the ‘zero-g flight test’ that I have not experienced before, other than the U.S. We will go to places like Germany, Japan, Alabama to get familiarization training on the subsystems and various modules of the International Space Station Turkey and the world.From here our familiarization training on the Columbus Module of the European Space Agency and the Kibo Module of the Japan Space Agency A much more exciting, intense, challenging but adventurous journey awaits us.”


Atasever stated that 2 crewed flights will be conducted under the Turkish space passenger and science mission, explaining that one is a mission to the International Space Station and the other is a suborbital flight.

Atasever stated that the suborbital flight is expected to take place several months after the International Space Station’s mission, which is expected to take place in the last quarter of 2023, and that the spacecraft’s total flight time will be several hours. as the suborbital flight is much shorter than the International Space Station mission and does not reach Earth orbit.

Atasever said, “What I’m most curious about about space is actually about Earth rather than outer space. There is a psychological change and transformation experience called the ‘overview effect’ that is experienced by astronauts who are in have been to outer space.” They realize that it is a structure, that we are all teammates and team members traveling in the same spaceship, and they also enjoy the unique beauty of the Earth. What I’m most curious about in space is actually Earth,” he said.

Emphasizing his intention to work for Turkey on a sustainable space ecosystem and industry after the space mission, Atasever said that this mission is not the last manned space mission, that some of the experimentation and production opportunities offered by the microgravity environment will are fully exploited, and that as a result of these opportunities high-quality added value is produced. He noted that he will work day and night “uninterruptedly” for the creation of a Turkey where employment and technologies will be developed.

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