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World Turkey. President Erdogan wants to send a rocket to the moon in 2023

21:10  21 february  2021
21:10  21 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The Turkish president has decided to embark on the conquest of outer space, an ambitious project which cringes as the country is hit by a major economic crisis.

It is a new miracle as he calls them, one of those shattering announcements which the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become customary, but which does not always live up to the expectations they arouse. This time, the Turkish leader promises the Moon, nothing less.

We will land on the Moon in 2023, ”he said. This year, which will mark the centenary of the creation of the Republic of Turkey , is also that of the next presidential election.

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"In the Ligue 1 of the space race"

The Moon objective, whose scientific value is very low, resonates like a strong symbol: Our country should enter Ligue 1 of the space race ”, considers the Turkish leader.

An ambition to be put into perspective since the budget of the space agency created in 2018 is currently only $ 5.4 million, a cosmic dust compared to the 1.7 billion of the Russian agency Roscomos or the 23 billion from American NASA.

Everything remains to be done

The 2023 objective is a little aggressive, ”dared to tell the media Serdar Hüseyin, the head of the Turkish space agency, who prudently estimates that the chances of achieving it are less than 50% .

Everything remains to be done, including finding a space launcher. It is necessary either to develop the capacities of Roketsan, the agency which directs the national programs of development and production of missiles, or to resort to the assistance of foreign countries or a private company, like SpaceX of Elon Musk, with which the Turkish president met in January.

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