Rakesh Sharma- First Indian to enter space
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Here is everything you need to know about India’s first man in space
Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian to enter space on 3 April, 1984.
He flew aboard the Soviet rocket Soyuz T-11 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.
Sharma was a part of the Soyuz T-11 and Soyuz T-12 missions.
He spent 7 days 21 hours and 40 minutes in space.
He joined the NDA as an air force cadet in 1966 and was commissioned into the Indian Air Force as a pilot in 1970.
After becoming the first Indian to enter space, he joined HAL in 1987 and retired from flying in 2001.
He is honoured with the Ashoka Chakra and Hero of the Soviet Union for his commendable work.