“Ottomans Were The First to Reach The Moon,” says Turkish President

Istanbul| Ottomans were the first to walk on the surface of the moon, not Neil Armstrong, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, yesterday, during an iftar (fast-breaking) dinner hosted by the Turkish Green Crescent.

Mr. Erdoğan claimed that Muslim explorers reached the Moon more than 300 years before the beginning of the Appolo program, vowing to build a mosque “in the crater” where they landed.

“It is alleged that the first man to walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong in 1969,” Erdoğan said. “In fact, Muslim space explorers reached our satellite 334 years before that, in 1635. Everyone knows the story of the famous aviator, Lagâri Hasan Çelebi, the “Ottoman Rocket Man”, who made the first successful manned rocket flight in 1633. What you might not know, is that he attempted to reach the moon, two years later, and could very well have succeeded!”

The story of Lagari Hasan Çelebi was purported by a famous 17th century Arab merchant and traveller, Mehmed Zilli, also known as Evliya Çelebi. In his famous travelog, he explains that Lagari Hasan Çelebi launched in a 7-winged rocket using 50 okka (63.5 kg or 140 lbs) of gunpowder. It took off from Sarayburnu, a site below the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul.

As Evliya Celebi wrote, Lagari proclaimed before launch “O my sultan! Be blessed, I am going to talk to Jesus!”, before lighting the rocket’s gunpowder.  He then ascended more than 200 meters in the air and landed in the sea, hundreds of meters from his takeoff point. Swimming ashore, he allegedly reported: “O my sultan! Jesus sends his regards to you!”.


This 17th-century engraving depicts one of Lagâri Hasan Çelebi’s famous rocket flights, but it’s unclear if it represents his first flight or his attempt to reach the moon, in 1635.

President Erdoğan’s surprising claim generated some whispers and laughter from the audience, a reaction that clearly angered the Turkish politician. He slammed the skeptics for mocking his claims, adding that he would soon have the proofs to back his claims.

“Why do you not believe it? Because you’ve never believed that a Muslim can do such a thing, just like you’ve never believed that our ancestors could manage to launch ships in the Golden Horn after transporting them across land,” Erdoğan said, referring to Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II’s conquest of Istanbul in 1453. “This claim is not new. A number of academics in Turkey and in the rest of the world have made this claim, and I believe they are right. NASA may have destroyed most of the physical evidence of the Ottoman’s success during the Apollo 11 mission, but we’ll try to find any evidence that might have escaped the cover up.”

The Turkish President did not, however, give any precision about the proofs he was expecting to find nor how he was hoping to gather them.


The description of the flying engine used by Lagâri Hasan Çelebi is pretty vague and doesn’t really allow modern scientists to accurately recreate the design. This sketch shows the basic design as it is described, but is almost certainly incomplete or partially inaccurate.

The story of Lagâri Hasan Çelebi is considered a legend by most historians, and most experts believe that it is impossible that the “aviator” could have survived a flight into outer space.

His first flight was, indeed, addressed in an experiment by the television show MythBusters, on November 11, 2009, in the episode “Crash and Burn”.  The rocket constructed for the TV show did not adhere closely, however, to Evliya Çelebi’s descriptions and the final design did not attempt to utilize materials of the period;

The team noted that Evliya Çelebi had not sufficiently specified the alleged design used by Lagâri Hasan, but concluded that it would have been “extremely difficult” for a 17th-century figure, without access to modern steel alloys and welding techniques, to land safely or even achieve thrust at all. This conclusion was backed by the fact that, although the re-imagined rocket rose, it exploded in midflight

41 Comments on "“Ottomans Were The First to Reach The Moon,” says Turkish President"

  1. This guy is the president of a nation. How scary is that?

    • Stephen Tyler | July 13, 2015 at 6:23 pm |

      Actually, it was pretty scary having George W Bush in the hot seat. He and Mr Erdoğan would have some verrry interesting conversations – without needing to get stoned first.

    • Ali Emre Demir | July 14, 2015 at 1:36 am |

      Unfortunately, he is our president

    • The scary thing is if you living in that nation and witness all the things that man do and see how much supporters he has.This is an embarasment.

    • Poor secular turkish people 🙁 this tayyip is the emberesment of Turkey

    • What is more scary is that there is a nation nearly half of which has elected him as the president….

    • You cannot imagine what we have been suffering. He is a solid tiran, Turkey is the country where lots of reporters and newspaper men are being hold in jail. He is a complete dishonour for us.

    • He has dreams and imagination everyone gets that. He just needs to work harder to make more reasonable claims. There are more reasonable claims for inventions in Islam.

    • Hicran Oge | July 18, 2015 at 7:55 am |

      You are so right…

    • Gurkan Eryavuz | July 18, 2015 at 11:54 am |

      Yes, indeed.

    • Özgür Aydin | July 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm |

      I do not know if it scares you but as a Turkish, I feel both scared and ashamed. We are a nation to change their alphabet to increase literacy on 1920s but literacy might not mean intelligence.
      Thé only conciliation is that US had G. Bush as president in near future. “Accidents happen”

    • @Onur, the contribution of Muslims in the modern world/civilization is close to zero. Get your facts straight.

    • G W Bush was still far better than there idiots in Muslim World.

    • this shame called Neo Ottmanisem…

    • Atheism Dude | September 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm |

      Very scary !!!

    • As a Turkish citizen; it’s even scarier than having Trump as President. Just imagine!

  2. Did he bring back drawings as proof?

    • Ray Martin | July 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm |

      He was unable to to do that because, as you probably know, drawings are forbidden by the Koran.

    • @Roy Martin, Mehmet II was the first emperor who painted his portrait.

    • @Kutay. Yeah after him, his son sold the portrait to non-muslims and banned to drawing

    • @Ray Martin
      Drawings are not forbidden in the Koran, you idiot. Get your facts right.

    • Drawings are not banned in Islam get your facts straight. They were banned when Islam first flourished to stop people worshipping them after they were worshipping Stones. It was a precaution. Are you dumm or sth ? This was a logical thing to do at that time. In 17th century noone cares that. Only christians today worhsip crosses and portraits etc, and some Hindu people worship some stones.

    • @Onur, But all Muslims are still worshiping the Black Stone in Kabba, thats why the face the kabba when offer the prayer and kiss the stone when perform Hajj

    • @Haroon
      The black stone is different than worshipping status dear. I will repeat what Onur said get your facts straight

    • Laughing at idiots | July 19, 2015 at 11:30 am |

      Go on then Jola explain the difference.. You do worship that lump of rock just as you worship that pedo murderer mohammed.

    • Muslims do not worship kaaba they worship one god Allah , kaaba is a direction to worship God only .

    • Atheism Dude | September 8, 2015 at 2:17 pm |

      Logic, logic the lack of logic is the most dangerous part with religion and you all prove it.
      Wake up to this mellenium!
      Only thing to show respect for is Mother Nature and Evolution.

  3. I may be the only one to notice this, but the author refers to the show “Mythbusters” and says

    “the final design did not attempt to utilize materials of the period;”

    I would like to clarify that the reason the final design did not utilize materials of the time is because they try to test the myth using time appropriate materials and methods, and if this fails, they then attempt to re-create it using modern methods.

  4. jos van Veen | July 7, 2015 at 5:35 pm | Reply

    de man wordt steeds zieliger…

    misschien denkt hij dat minaretten de raketten zijn…of zo

    Je vindt dit soort gedrag ook bij lijders aan syphillis, gevorderd stadium

    Tijd voor het gesticht voordat er echt domme dingen gebeuren

  5. MARK LANDIS | July 7, 2015 at 3:59 pm | Reply


    • In 16th century SUBMARINES were built by Davinci. So Oxygen can be used. Yet Air Pressure, Food, Gravitational Force, Radiation From Space CAN’T be predicted. So attempt is a fail. But these can be the backbone of first spacecraft designs.

    • In 16th century there was oxygen in space. The illuminates took it because chem trails went to the Moon instead to the Earth. The reptiles then transfer it to their planet. And actually Ottoman Empire first invented HAARP.

    • Ange Kenos | July 18, 2015 at 11:39 am |

      Erdogan also lives without oxygen

    • They were Muslims, they don,t need all those thing a simple rocket was enough for them to reach the moon.

    • Da Vinci never built a submarine. He made some design drawings.

    • Necdet.Atabarut | July 19, 2015 at 8:50 am |

      I don’t think gun powder would require oxygen to produce thrust 🙂

    • Edward Anderson | July 20, 2015 at 3:13 am |

      I don’t know that anybody is claiming he came back from the Moon, just that he supposedly got there…with no guidence system… 😀

    • He did use a Flying Donkey like Mo the p edo

    • Wow. This guy leads a large country with a sizable military. Any concerns?


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