Space transportation company SpaceX announced that the return journey of the Ax-3 crew, including Turkey’s first astronaut Alper Gezeravcı, to Earth has been postponed once again due to continued adverse weather conditions off the coast of Florida, where the landing will take place. On the other hand, it was not shared when the Ax-3 crew will leave the International Space Station (ISS).
Adverse Weather Conditions Persist
Turkey’s first astronaut Alper Gezeravcı’s journey back to Earth has been postponed for the third time. In a statement made by space transportation company SpaceX, it was stated that the return journey of the Ax-3 crew, including Gezeravcı, from space to Earth was postponed due to the continuation of adverse weather conditions off the coast of Florida, where the landing would take place. “The crew will continue to monitor the weather conditions for the next suitable docking opportunity,” the statement said, emphasizing that the crew is in good health. It was not shared when the Ax-3 crew will leave the International Space Station (ISS).
Alper Gezeravci’s Return Postponed Once Again
The return of the Ax-3 crew, which was expected to leave the ISS on February 2, was postponed first to Monday, February 5, and then to Tuesday, February 6, due to adverse weather conditions off the coast of Florida. The Falcon-9 rocket, which will carry Gezeravci and three astronauts into orbit on SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, was successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 00:49 on January 19. The Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station at 13:40 on January 20 after a space journey lasting approximately 36 hours. During his 14-day stay at the International Space Station, Alper Gezeravcı carried out 13 experiments in accordance with his program.