The Axiom 3 space mission successfully docked with the ISS

The Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying the crew of the Axiom-3 (Ax-3) mission, including the first Turkish astronaut Alper Gezeravci, successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS).
The journey of the all-European crew lasted approximately 36 hours, the Anadolu Agency reported.
The docking process was broadcast live on the company's Axiom Space website.
The Ax-3 crew is welcomed to the ISS by Expedition 70 astronauts, who began their mission on September 27, 2023.
Gezeravchi will conduct scientific research in space for 2 weeks. He will work on 13 different experiments. These range from areas such as microgravity, human health in space, the study of the Salt Lake plant, and the study of solid-liquid mixtures in a zero-gravity environment.
The other members of the Ax-3 mission, Michael López-Alegría, Markus Wandt and Walter Villaday, will also conduct a number of scientific studies.
After their mission is over, the crew will return to Earth in the same spacecraft.
SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 18.
Turkish Air Force Colonel Alper Gezeravci addressed the words of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in his first address to the ground.
"I would like to start this moment, which is Turkey's first space mission, with the words of Atatürk: The future is in the heavens," Gezeravci said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the mission "historic", saying it marked "a very valuable beginning of the re-fulfillment of the mission we carry into history as the heirs of a civilization that made a unique contribution to the history of science". Turkey's first space mission cost at least US$55 million. /BGNES