Turkey will host more than 70 internationally recognized astronauts during a five-day space event. This was announced by the Minister of Industry and Technology, Mehmet Fatih Kacir, quoted by “Hurriet”.
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The event will be hosted by the Gökmen Space Aviation Training Center in the northwestern province of Bursa – the country’s first interactive space aviation education center – and will feature astronauts and cosmonauts from 19 different countries known for their contributions in large numbers space missions. They will collaborate to raise awareness of space exploration during the event, which will take place between September 25 and 29.
“Turkey’s choice for the event, which will be attended by world-renowned astronauts and cosmonauts, is important from the point of view of gathering the fruits of the National Space Program. We welcome all space enthusiasts,” Kacir said in a social media post.
Which astronauts will attend
The event will be attended by prominent figures in the field of space exploration, from astronaut Victor Y. Glover, pilot of the Artemis II mission designed to orbit the moon, to Fei Junlong of China, who spent a total of 191 days in space, and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Avdeev with 747 days of space experience.
Alper Gezeravci and Tuva Atasever, who will be Turkey’s first space travelers with a trip at the end of this year, will meet with space enthusiasts in the Future Projection session. On September 27, the astronauts will also meet with students as part of the “Science-Society” activities.
The theme of the organization was determined based on the quote of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk: “The future is in the sky.”