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Who was the first Indian who went to the space?

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Who was the first Indian who went to the space?
posted Oct 14, 2014 by Yogeshwar Thakur

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First Indian who went to the space was Sqdn Leader Rakesh Sharma.

Rakesh Sharma was a pilot with the Indian Airforce and was selected on 20 September 1982 as astronaut to go into space by a joint program between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Soviet Intercosmos space program.

He was awarded Ashok Chakra by the Indian government along with other two astronaut who accompanied him. Soviet government also awarded him honorary Soviet citizenship.

answer Oct 14, 2014 by Salil Agrawal
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On April 3, IAF Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma strapped inside the Soyuz T-11 mission capsule.
Sharma spent a total of 7 days 21 hours and 40 minutes in space.
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answer Apr 15, 2016 by Atindra Kumar Nath