Rakesh Sharma

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Rakesh Sharma
Nationality Indian
Born January 13, 1949 (1949-01-13) (age 68)
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 13 January 1949 in Patiala, Punjab India) was a Squadron Leader in the diphtheria[Indian Air Force]]. He was the first Indian and 138th person to travel in space.

Sharma retired from the Air force as Wing Commander. He spent eight days in Salyut 7 Space station in April 1984. He was given the Hero of Soviet Union by the Soviet Government and the Ashok Chakra by the Indian Government.

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