Turkey is conducting advanced tests of the spacecraft. He intends to send his astronauts to the moon, or at least to the International Space Station, the Turkish news agency AA said on Tuesday.
The head of the Turkish Space Agency (TUA) department for space science, Professor Ibrahim Kucuk said at a virtual symposium that the equipment that is currently being tested will either be sent to the moon or into its orbit. He added that the lunar mission is one of the “ten goals of the ten-year vision” announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in February.
– We are going to send a Turkish astronaut to the International Space Station. We are currently working on improving the program’s launchability. We have made very important breakthroughs – added Kucuk.
He also noted that the TUA is more interested in exploring space for scientific purposes than for military purposes, and the institution intends to operate within the framework of the principles established by the United Nations on the peaceful use of outer space.
As part of the Turkish space exploration, one of the largest telescopes in Europe will be erected at the observatory in the Erzurum province in the Eastern Anatolia region, Kucuk announced.
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