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The Turkish Astronaut Science Mission (TABM) project, within the scope of the National Space Program, aims to send a Turkish citizen into space and carry out scientific research in space.  This project will provide our scientists the opportunity to conduct research and scientific experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). In addition, young generations will be encouraged to work in the field of space, and Turkiye's visibility in space and knowledge on space will be increased.

Alper Gezeravcı was selected as the first Turkish astronaut under the TASM project. Born in 1979 in Mersin, Alper Gezeravcı graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2001 and earned a Master's degree in Operations Research in the USA. Serving as an F-16 pilot in the Air Force, Mr. Gezeravcı is also an Electrical and Electronics Engineer.

Alper Gezeravcı will be sent to the International Space Station on the AX-3 (AXIOM-3) mission. The launch will take place on January 18, 2024, at 01:11 a.m. (Time in Turkiye) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, which will carry the astronaut, will be lifted into space by a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket and will dock with the ISS at an altitude of approximately 420 km. The docking is expected to take place on January 19 at 1.15 p.m. (Time in Turkiye)

Within the scope of the 14-day Space Mission, 13 experiments in the fields of biology/biotechnology, physics, technology, and human research will be carried out in the ISS in the microgravity environment.