Rakesh Sharma, became the first Indian to go to space on 3 April 1984. He spent 7 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes aboard the Salyut 7 space station. With Sharma’s space voyage, India became the 14th nation in the world to send a man to outer space.
Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, AC is a former Indian Air Force pilot who flew aboard Soyuz T-11 on 3 April 1984 as part of the Soviet Interkosmos programme. He is the only Indian citizen to travel in space, although there have been other astronauts with some Indian background who were not Indian citizens.
In space, Sharma performed a number of experiments including photography of India from outer space and analysing the effects of yoga during weightlessness. Sharma and his two Soviet crewmates returned to Earth on April 11, 1984, and landed in Kazakhstan.
In 1984, Sharma became the first Indian citizen to enter space when he flew on the Soviet rocket Soyuz T-11 launched from the Baknur Cosmodrome in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic on 3 April 1984.
Yes, we have ruined the Earth and have done an exceptionally good job of it. Yes, we should look at sustainable development. But we cannot afford to do things sequentially, but parallelly and make sure that we do not repeat our mistakes.