Rakesh Sharma: First Citizen of India to Go Into Space

Rakesh Sharma India's first man in spaceLets grab important facts about Rakesh Sharma, who became the first citizen of India to go into space 1984.

  • Born on 13 January 1949, Patiala, Punjab India.
  • In 1966 he joined the 35th National Defence Academy as an Air Force trainee.
  • Joined as a test Pilot in the Indian Air Force in 1970.
  • 1971: Rakesh Sharma flew the Mikoyan-Gurevich, a Russian jet.
  • Selected on 20 September 1982 to become a cosmonaut and go into space.
  • In 1984, he became the first citizen of India to go into space.
  • He was the part of mission ‘Soyuz T-11 / Soyuz T-10’.
  • Saare Jahan Se Achcha (the best in the world), said Sharma when Indira Gandhi asked him how India looked from outer space.
  • He was conferred with the honour of Hero of Soviet Union upon his return from space.
  • The Government of India conferred its highest gallantry award (during peace time), the Ashoka Chakra in August 1984.
  • 2006: He took part in a space conference held by ISRO.
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