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Turkish astronaut says Crescent and Star flag propelled him into Earth orbit

Asked late Tuesday to show what special items from Türkiye he had chosen to take with him into orbit, Alper Gezeravcı proudly pointed to a Crescent and Star Turkish flag flying behind him on International Space Station and said: "My flag brought me!"

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Most astronauts have teams of scientists and engineers making careful calculations of fuel, load, and the pull of gravity to propel them into orbit, but Türkiye's first-ever space traveler had a special edge, a tool never seen before in the history of space flight: a flag.