Rakesh Sharma

Rakesh Sharma is a former Indian Air Force pilot and astronaut who became the first Indian citizen to travel into space.

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Rakesh Sharma was born on 13 January 1949 (Age 71 years; As in 2020), In Patiala, Punjab, India. He attended St. Andrew’s High School and later joined St. George’s Grammar School, Hyderabad. He graduated from the Nizam’s College, Hyderabad and was admitted to the National Defense Academy in Katakwasla, Pune. His zodiac sign / Sun is Capricorn.

Physical appearance

Height (approximately): 5 ′ 6

Eye color: Light brown

Hair color: White

Family, Caste & Wife

Rakesh was born into a Kaur Brahmin family to Devendranath Sharma and Tripada Sharma. She married interior designer Wine.

Rakesh Sharma with his family

Rakesh Sharma with his family

The couple has a son Kapil Sharma, a film director and a daughter Krithika Sharma, who is a Senior Design Associate & Behavior Architect. They had an older daughter, Mansi, who died at the age of six.

Kapil Sharma, son of Rakesh Sharma

Kapil Sharma, son of Rakesh Sharma


Rakesh Sharma joined the Indian Air Force in 1970 as a test pilot. He advanced in many ranks and in 1984 was appointed Commander and Pilot of the Indian Air Force.

Rakesh Sharma

He joined the Indian Space Research Organization and the Soviet Intercosmos Space Program, and was selected as an astronaut in the 20th. September 1982. He flew into space At Salute 7 Orbital Station, Soyuz T-11 With the ship’s commander Yuri Malishev and aeronautical engineer Jenny Strekalov.

Rakesh Sharma with his fellow astronauts

Rakesh Sharma with his fellow astronauts

Rakesh was the first Indian citizen to spend 7 and go into space Days, 21 Hours and 40 Minutes He retired from the post of commander of a division. He joined Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in 1987 and served as Chief Test Pilot in the HAL Nashik Division until 1992. He flew in 2001 and retired.

Awards and honors

Rakesh Sharma gets the honor

Rakesh Sharma receives K.Ravat

  • Videsh Seva Service Medal
  • 25th Anniversary of the Independence Medal
  • 9 years long service medal

Favorite things

  • Travel Destination: Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu


  • His ancestors were from Multan in West Punjab (present-day Pakistan).
  • Since childhood, Rakesh has been fascinated by the space world. Mr Sharma recalls Yuri Gagarin’s spaceflight

    I was a student when Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961, and I lost every word that was written.

  • He was 18 years old when he joined the Indian Air Force in 1966 as a cadet.
  • In 1980, the Indian Air Force (IAF) was asked by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to select two astronauts for a joint Indo-Soviet mission. Wing Commander Ravish Malhotra and Rakesh Sharma were elected. For some reason, the requirements were reduced to an individual, which led Rakesh to go for work.
    Rakesh Sharma and Ravish Malhotra with Indira Gandhi photo

    Rakesh Sharma and Ravish Malhotra with Indira Gandhi photo

  • Rakesh underwent excellent training about 3 years ago to set foot in space. He was locked for 72 hours in a closed room by the Air Force facility in Bangalore to test for latent claustrophobia. He had to learn Russian because most of the instructions were given in Russian.

Rakesh Sharma and Ravish Malhotra practice yoga

    Rakesh Sharma and Ravish Malhotra practice yoga
  • He practiced ‘Zero-Gravity Yoga’ to deal with the problem of space sickness.
  • While he was training in Moscow for space travel, he was shocked by the news of his daughter Mansi’s tragic event. Nevertheless, he continued to train as India’s first man to travel in space.
  • His mission in space is to conduct an experiment, mainly in the field of biomedicine and remote sensing. He also performed life science and material processing experiments, including silicium fusing experiments.
  • At a joint conference in Moscow, Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, asked Rakesh how India was from space, to which he replied, “Sare Jahan Se Achcha (the best in the world).”

  • Soon after returning to Earth, Rakesh became a sensational headline in the media; In India and abroad. His daily routine was surrounded by press conferences, contacts, seminars, interviews and so on.

Rakesh Sharma is interviewed

    Rakesh Sharma is interviewed
  • Even after achieving so much, he showed a humble personality,

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to go into space. But, it could be anyone. It’s like a lottery, Merry Lock G. “

  • Her achievements were soon suppressed by the 1984 anti-Sikh riots triggered by the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
  • When the MIG-21 fighter jet was tested near Osar, Nashik, he lost control due to a technical glitch. Fortunately, he got off the jet last time.
  • Many consider Rakesh Sharma to be the first person to walk on the moon, but he is only the first Indian to go into space.
  • After retiring from HAL, Rakesh moved away from city life and settled in Coonoor. He fell in love with the Nilgiris when he was 15 and he went to his uncle’s house alone.
  • He shares an excellent relationship with his former fellow Air Force officer Ravish Malhotra.

Ravish and Rakesh

  • His son Kapil Sharma is a Bollywood film director who has directed “I, Me Aur Main (2013)”.
  • Rakesh says he just wants to go back to space, but this time only for the purpose of travel and exploration.
  • When he was in space, he reported a fire in Burma.
  • Rakesh Sharma’s biopic “Salute” is in Bollywood, making its directorial debut as Mahesh Mathai. Initially, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan were on the radar for the lead, but both the actors left the project.

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