What's So Trendy About Rakesh Sharm That Every Indian Went Proud Over It?

Today, The birthday of Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to go into space. He was born on 13 January 1949 in Patiala, Punjab. He was the 138th astronaut of the world who flew to the Soviet space station in low Orbit and stayed in the space station for seven days. Let's know a few special things about him on his birthday.


He completed his early education at St. George's Grammar School from Hyderabad. He graduated from Nizam College, Hyderabad. In July 1966, he joined the National Defense Academy. In the Indian Air Force, he was commissioned as a pilot in 1970.

The opportunity to become an astronaut

In the 1980s he got the chance to become the first astronaut of India. It happened that on 20 September 1982, he was selected for the mission of the space agency Intercosmos through the Indian Space Research Organization 'ISRO'.

Proud moment for every Indian

It was an unforgettable moment for him when on 2 April 1984 he was commanded by the commander of the other two spacecraft from the Soyuz T-11 spacecraft from Baikonur in the Soviet Union. V Malyshev and Flight Engineer GM Struckloff got a chance to fly with astronauts. Rakesh Sharma was representing India in this mission. The Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi asked him what it feels like to see India from outer space to this Rakesh Sharma, his reply to Indira Gandhi was 'Saare Jahan Se Achcha'

Rakesh shrma

After selection as joint space mission of India (Indian Space Research Center) and Soviet Union (Intercommos), Rakesh Sharma was sent for space training in Baikonur in Kazakhstan, Soviet Union. Another Indian Ravish Malhotra was also sent with him. After training, the day has finally come, which all Indians were waiting for. April 3, 1984, was the historic day when the Soyuz T-11 spacecraft flew with three astronauts from Baikonur in the then Soviet Union.

Important days in Rakesh Sharma's life

 1949: Rakesh Sharma was born in a Punjabi family in Patiala.

 1966: He was elected to the National Security Academy (NDA).

 1970: NDA  Rakesh Sharma appointed as Test Pilot in Indian Air Force after leaving from 1971: Rakesh flew Russian aircraft Mikoyan-Gurevich

 1982: On 20 September 1982, he was selected for a joint space mission of India (Indian Space Research Center) and the Soviet Union (InterCosmos).

 1984: Became the first Indian to travel to space

 1987: Retired as Wing Commander from the Indian Air Force.

 1987: Started working as a test pilot in 'Hindustan Aeronautics Limited'

 2006: Rakesh participated in a committee of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) which approved a new Indian Space Flight Program.

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