After the return journey, which is expected to take approximately 48 hours, the capsule landed on Earth at 16.30 today.
SpaceX announced that after separation, the entire flight and landing process will be carried out via autopilot.
SEVEN POTENTIAL LANDING POINTS HAVE BEEN DETERMINED
The company stated that the departure of the Dragon spacecraft from the ISS depends on the weather conditions in the landing area.
The Dragon capsule, which will slow down due to friction after entering the atmosphere, landed after the parachutes opened.
The planned landing was expected to be made at one of 7 potential landing points located in the Atlantic Ocean to the east of the US state of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the west.
FIRST STATEMENT FROM ERDOĞAN
President Erdoğan said about Alper Gezeravcı, “It went well, it came well. We are waiting for his arrival in Turkey. Hopefully, we will send many more Alper Gezeravcıs to space as Turkey.” he said.
ASTRONAUTS WERE REMOVED FROM THE CAPSULE
Alper Gezeravcı exited the Dragon capsule.
GEZERAVCI WILL BE KEPT UNDER OBSERVATION FOR 1 WEEK
Turkey’s first astronaut Alper Gezeravcı will be kept under observation for a week after his return to Earth.
RETURN WAS POSTPONED THREE TIMES
The return of the Dragon capsule to Earth has been postponed three times due to unfavorable weather conditions.
HISTORICAL JOURNEY STARTED ON JANUARY 19
The Falcon-9 rocket, which carried Gezeravcı and his 3 astronauts into orbit with SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, was successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 19 at 00:49.
The Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station at 13.40 GMT on January 20, after a space journey that lasted approximately 36 hours.
Alper Gezeravcı carried out 13 experiments on the International Space Station, in accordance with his schedule.