12 April 2021
The photograph of Lake Van taken from space, which was finalized in the “World Tournament” online photo contest organized by the US Aviation and Space Agency (NASA), caused great excitement in the city.
In the competition initiated by NASA, among 32 photographs, the photograph of Lake Van, taken by Astronaut Kate Rubins on September 12, 2016, and the photograph of the stars in motion on the American Continent, taken by Astronaut Don Pettit in 2012, made it to the finals.
Van Lake, one of the most important values of the region, attracting people with its unique bays, deep blue waters and unspoiled nature, was brought to the agenda in an international competition.
The campaign launched by the people of Van on social media for the first choice of photography broke the record for interaction in a short time and received support from all segments. In addition to First Lady Emine Erdoğan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wife, ministers, deputy ministers, governors, parliamentarians, Gendarmerie General Command, Coast Guard Command, Security General Directorate, political party executives, mayors, public institutions and non-governmental organizations representatives in Van. He called for support for the voting of the lake photo.
The voting, which has become the main agenda of the city with its excitement, will end today at 12.00 US local time. The people of Van struggling for the Van Lake photograph to be chosen first by continuing to vote until the last moment of the contest, will wait for the result of the voting with curiosity.
Mehmet Emin Bilmez, the Governor of Van and the Deputy Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality, stated that Lake Van is an important value for the country and the region and repeated his call for support. Emphasizing that the image taken from space shows the fascination of Lake Van and how mysterious it is, Bilmez said, “Being the first of our Lake Van will contribute to the promotion of our province, our region and our country. One of the rare values that should be claimed. “It will contribute to the delivery of the same blue to generations and to the development of tourism.”
Edremit Mayor İsmail Say said that they officially invited Astronaut Kate Rubins, who took the photograph from space, to the city. Reminding that 32 photos were presented to the appreciation of the photo contest initiated by NASA a while ago, Say said:
“One of them was the photo of Lake Van taken from space. This photo reached the quarterfinals, the semi-finals and finally the finals respectively. The voting will end today. As the municipality, we drew attention to this contest as of the quarterfinal. In the end, a very good momentum was achieved. Thank you to everyone who supported. Let’s continue voting until the last moment to make Lake Van the winner in the final. We have previously invited the astronaut who took the photo to our city in written and formally. we repeat “
Yüzüncü Yıl University, Faculty of Fisheries Dr. Mustafa Akkuş emphasized that Lake Van is one of the most unique ecosystems in the world at an altitude of 1650 meters. Stating that the lake, which contains high amounts of soda and where wonderful visuals were created with the currents in spring and autumn, was brought to the world agenda thanks to the competition, Akkuş continued his words as follows:
“In the photo taken by the astronaut at NASA from space, we can see the currents in the Ercis Bay very clearly. It is not possible to see this in any lake. Because with soda, a whiteness is formed and an incredible visual feast comes out. All cities are in a great race to benefit from ecotourism. Each country spends large amounts of money to advertise the city. the aim to attract more tourists. But NASA in the astronaut ‘s images have followed millions of people without spending a single penny, we will have completed an introductory seen. this opportunity we need to translate. we expect everyone to vote to give in Turkey. Because every vote we give represents a contribution we will make to the national income of our country. With this photograph being the first, we can attract thousands of people here. “
The US Aviation and Space Agency took place in the finals of the competition, which consists of the photograph of the world taken by astronauts who have served on the International Space Station for more than 20 years, and the space image of Lake Van, which eliminated many photos. The Van Lake photograph, which succeeded in taking 94 percent of the votes against the Castellanus cloud tower in the semi-final, continues its claim for the final. The photo of Lake Van seen from space, taken by astronaut Kate Rubins on September 12, 2016, is also given the information that Lake Van is the largest soda lake in the world. PHOTO OF LAKE VAN TAKEN FROM SPACE IS IN THE FINAL: HERE IS ALL THE PHOTOS
During the voting, NASA’s site collapsed. Many citizens who entered the site to vote came across the inscription “Sorry, earth observatory is not available right now.”
The photo vote, which will end at noon today, according to US time, is made on https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/tournament-earth.
The photo of Lake Van taken by Astronaut Kate Rubins on September 12, 2016, and the photo of the stars in motion on the American continent, taken in 2012 by Astronaut Don Pettit, competes in the final of the competition, which started with 32 favorite photos taken from the International Space Station on March 8.
On the last day of the voting, state officials also asked for votes with the posts on social media. First Lady Emine Erdoğan, Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu, Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. While Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum took part, institutions such as the Ministry of National Defense, Gendarmerie General Command and General Directorate of Security also supported them.