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Rakesh Sharma was the first Indian to fly in the space. He was born on January 13, 1949 in Patiala, Punjab. He was a posted as a squadron leader in the Indian Air Force, Indian military pilot and cosmonaut. Rakesh flew into space in 1984 as part of a joint programme between the ISRO and the Soviet Intercosmos space program. He spent eight days in space on board the Salyut 7 space station. He joined two other Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz T-11 spacecraft which blasted off on April 2, 1984.
And for this, Rakesh was awarded as a Hero of Soviet Union award on his return from space. The Government of India honoured him with the award of Ashok Chakra. He retired with the rank of Wing Commander. In 1987, He joined the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and served as Chief Test Pilot in the HAL Nashik Division until 1992, before moving on to Bangalore to work as the Chief Test Pilot of HAL. He retired from test flying in 2001.
In 1970, Rakesh Sharma joined the Indian Air Force as a pilot. He flew 21 combat missions in a MiG-21 in the war of 1971 with Bangladesh. In 1982 he was selected as a cosmonaut for a joint Soviet-Indian spaceflight. On April 3, 1984, he flew on board Soyuz T-11 with two Soviet cosmonauts, commander Yury Malyshev and flight engineer Gennady Strekalov, to the space station Salyut 7.
There Sharma performed experiments that included photography of India from space and exercises to study the effects of yoga on the body during weightlessness. The mission lasted for aproax eight days, after that Rakesh along with his crewmates landed in Kazakhstan on April 11. In 1987 he joined the Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics as its chief test pilot. He left Hindustan Aeronautics in 2001 and became chairman of the board of Automated Workflow, a process-management company based in Bangalore (Bengaluru).