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First Indian in Space: Rakesh Sharma

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First Indian in Space: Rakesh Sharma

  • Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian in space. He was born in Patiala, Punjab. After completing his education, he participates in the NDA as an Air force trainee in 1966.
  • He completed his training in four years and then joining the Indian Air force as a test pilot. In a program of ISRO and Soviet Intercosmos space program, he was selected on 20 September, 1982 to become a cosmonaut and go into space.
  • When he flew abroad the Soyol T_11, on April 2 in 1984, he spent 7 days and 40 minutes in space and became the first citizen of India to go into space.
  • The duration of his stay in outer space lasted 21 hours and 40 minutes.
  • He conducted scientific and technical studies wherein he was mainly involved in bio-medicine and remote sensing.
  • While in space, the entire crew had a television news conference with Moscow officials and the then Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
  • When inquired by Indira Gandhi on how India looked from outer space, Sharma recited "Saare Jahan Se Achcha" in response.
  • Rakesh Sharma was awarded the Hero of Soviet Union after his return. He was also felicitated with Ashoka Chakra by the Indian Government.

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