2023 Turkey Announces Space Program Including Lunar Mission
2023 ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced an ambitious 10-year. Space program for his country that includes missions to the moon, sending Turkish astronauts into space and developing internationally applicable satellite systems.
Erdogan announced the program, seen as part of his vision to place Turkey in an expanded regional and global role. At a live television event packed with special effects.
He said that Turkey plans to establish “first contact with the moon” in 2023, the centennial of the founding of the Turkish Republic. Erdogan said the first phase of the mission will be “through international cooperation”. While the second phase will use Turkish rockets.
The Turkish leader said, “Our primary and most important goal for our national space program is its contact with the Moon in the 100th anniversary of the Republic.” “Hopefully we’re going to the moon.”
Erdogan also announced Turkey’s goal of sending Turkish citizens into space with international cooperation, working with other countries to build a spaceport, and creating a “global brand” in satellite technology.
The one that will carry Turkey to the top league in the global space race. This is but I wish the roadmap to be successfully implemented,” he said.
Turkey with the aim of uniting a handful of other countries with its space programs. He founded the Turkish Space Agency or TUA in 2018.
Critics questioned the government’s decision to spend large sums of money on this goal at a time when the country’s economy was deteriorating. But proponents say that a space program would provide jobs for researchers. They say migrating scientists will likely reduce the brain drain.
Erdogan did not elaborate on how Turkey plans to achieve its goals. Last month, he and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke by phone and He discussed cooperation with Turkish companies on space technologies.
Meanwhile, the one that mysteriously appeared in a field in southeastern Turkey. A disappearing metal monolith became a promotional gimmick before the event.
3 meters high with the inscription “Look at the sky, you will see the moon” written in an old Turkish script. The metal plate (about 3 meters high) found by a farmer in Şanlıurfa on Friday. The monolith houses megalithic structures dating to the 10th century BC, thousands of years before Stonehenge. It was near Göbekli Tepe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The structure reportedly gone on Tuesday morning, adding to the mystery.
As Erdogan said, an image of the monolith is then projected onto the screen. “Now I present to you Turkey’s 10-year vision, strategy and goals and. I say, ‘Look at the sky and you will see the moon’.”