Its location on the Earth’s surface and a
varied geography render Turkey one of the most photogenic
countries when viewed from orbit around our planet.
O ne of my fondest childhood dreams was to meet
moonwalking astronauts. In fact, I would have preferred
going myself to the Moon, but I soon realized that
this was not possible in the foreseeable future.
Therefore, it was significant enough for me to meet
a handful of people who had been there. Of all the
people who had ever lived, only twenty-four men
had been to the vicinity of the Moon; half of those
had made it to the lunar surface. Those twelve,
who were my contemporaries, were the first humans
ever to look at their home planet from the surface
of another celestial body. During the last fifteen
years, I have had the privilege to meet in person
some of those astronauts. Unbeknownst to me earlier,
however, this would soon lead me to a revelation
about my own country.