May 8, 2021

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History was created on this day: Rakesh Sharma became the first astronaut of India

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It is said that if you go anywhere in the world, then you will definitely find Indians in different areas who are proudly raising the name of their country. The people of India are ahead in every field from the beginning. Whether it is cricket, politics or things related to space. Scientists of India continue to achieve some new status every day. India achieved such a status when Rakesh Sharma became India’s first astronaut to go into space. But people do not know many things about him even today. So let us tell you many unheard things about him.

Rakesh Sharma was born on 13 January 1949 in Patiala and aspired to become a pilot since childhood. After taking his military education from Hyderabad, Rakesh Sharma was elected as a test pilot in the Indian Air Force. After this, he continued to move forward.

Rakesh Sharma was the first person from India to go into space and was 138th in the list of the world. Rakesh Sharma had left for space from the Soviet space station at Low Orbit, and spent a total of seven days in the space station.

On 20 September 1982, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) selected Rakesh Sharma for the mission of space agency Intercosmos, after which he became the first Indian to go into space.

The day of April 2 was very special for Rakesh Sharma and the whole of India, because on this day Rakesh Sharma flew from Soyuz T-11 spacecraft from Baikonur in the Soviet Union. Rakesh Sharma was representing India in this mission. Along with him on this mission, the commander of the other two spacecraft Y. V. Malyshev and flight engineer G. M. Starkloff were also there.

Rakesh Sharma did 33 experiments in space and after that he came back to earth seven days later. After coming to earth, Rakesh Sharma and his two companions were awarded the Ashok Chakra on behalf of the Government of India. At the same time, the Soviet Government also honored him with the honor of ‘Hero of Soviet Union’.

An anecdote of that time is very famous. When Rakesh Sharma was in space at that time, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asked Rakesh Sharma from the earth, ‘How does India look like from space?’ Rakesh Sharma gave the answer on this that every Indian’s chest will swell with pride. He said on the question of Indira Gandhi, “I can say without any hesitation that “Saare Jahan Se Accha Hindustan Humara.”

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