|Height:||168 cm (5' 7'')|
|Birth Day:||January 13, 1949|
|Height:||168 cm (5' 7'')|
|Eye Color:||Light Brown|
He was a squadron leader with the Indian Air Force.
Born on 13 January 1949 in Patiala, Punjab, India, Sharma attended St. Georges Grammar School, Hyderabad and graduated from Nizam College, Hyderabad. He was admitted to the National Defence Academy as an air force plebe in July 1966 and was commissioned into the Indian Air Force as a pilot in 1970, thereafter becoming the first man from India to go into space.
An alumnus of the 35th National Defence Academy, Sharma joined the Indian Air Force as a test pilot in 1970 and progressed through numerous levels where in 1984 he was promoted to the rank of squadron leader. He was selected on 20 September 1982 to become a cosmonaut and go into space as part of a joint programme between the Indian Air Force and the Soviet Interkosmos space programme.
In 1984, Sharma became the first Indian citizen to enter space when he flew aboard the Soviet rocket Soyuz T-11 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic on 3 April 1984. The Soyuz T-11 spacecraft carrying cosmonauts including Sharma docked and transferred the three member Soviet-Indian international crew, consisting of the ship's commander, Yury Malyshev, and flight engineer, Gennadi Strekalov, to the Salyut 7 Orbital Station. Sharma spent 7 days, 21 hours, and 40 minutes aboard the Salyut 7 during which his team conducted scientific and technical studies which included forty-three experimental sessions. His work was mainly in the fields of bio-medicine and remote sensing. The crew held a joint television news conference with officials in Moscow and then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. When Gandhi asked Sharma how India looked from outer space, he replied, "Sare Jahan Se Accha" (the best in the world). This is the title of a patriotic poem by Iqbal that had been written when India was under British colonial rule, that continues to be popular today. With Sharma's voyage aboard Soyuz T-11, India became the 14th nation to send a man to outer space.
Sharma retired as a wing commander and later joined Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in 1987, serving as the chief test pilot in the HAL Nashik Division until 1992, before moving on to Bangalore to work as HAL's chief test pilot. Sharma retired from flying in 2001.
Rakesh married and had two children.
Currently, Rakesh Sharma is 74 years, 4 months and 23 days old. Rakesh Sharma will celebrate 75th birthday on a Saturday 13th of January 2024. Below we countdown to Rakesh Sharma upcoming birthday.
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Former Indian Air Force pilot Rakesh Sharma, who became the first Indian to travel to space in 1984, celebrated his birthday today.
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Happy Birthday Rakesh Sharma! The man who took India to space turns 70 today.Born on January 13, 1949, Sharma originally belongs to Punjab and completed his education from Hyderabad. After successfully passing from the National Defence Academy, Sharma was commissioned into the Indian Air Force as a test pilot. On September 20, 1982, he was elected to travel into space as a cosmonaut as part of a joint programme by ISRO and the Soviet Intercosmos space programme. On April 2 in 1984, he made his flight aboard the Soyuz T-11 and became the first Indian to achieve this feat. The duration of his stay in outer space lasted 21 hours and 40 minutes. When inquired by Indira Gandhi on how India looks from outer space, Sharma recited Saare Jahan Se Achcha in response. Sharma was awarded the Hero of Soviet Union after his return. He was also felicitated with Ashoka Chakra by the Indian Government.