Rakesh Sharma

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Rakesh Sharma
Intercosmos Cosmonaut
Nationality Indian
Born January 13, 1949 (1949-01-13) (age 65)
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Other occupation Test Pilot
Rank Squadron Leader (retired Wing Commander), Indian Air Force
Time in space 7d 21h 40m
Selection 1982
Missions Soyuz T-10, Soyuz T-11

Rakesh Sharma (born January 13, 1949 in Patiala, Punjab, India) was a Squadron Leader in the Indian Air Force, was the first Indian and 138th person to travel in space. He retired from the Air force as Wing Commander. He spent eight days in Salyut 7 Space station in April 1984. He was conferred with the Hero of Soviet Union by the Soviet Government and the Ashok Chakra by the Indian Government.

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