Indian Space Hero Rakesh Sharma
Rakesh Sharma was born on January 13th 1949 in Patiala, Punjab, India. He did his schooling at St.Georges Grammar School, Hyderabad, and graduated from Nizam College. Sharma joined as Air Force in 1966 at the age of 18 years. Sharma was selected as a cosmonaut to go into space in September 1982. It was joint program between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Soviet Intercosmos Space Program.
Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to travel into space, flew aborad the Soviet Rocket SOYUZ T-11. It was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic on 2nd April 1984. SOYUZ T-11 docked and transferred three members viz.,1.Ship Commander (YuryMalayshev) 2.Flight Engineer (GennadiStrekalov-USSR) to the Salyut 7 orbital station. Rakesh Sharma spent 7days, 21 hours 40 min in space. Sharma worked mainly in Biomedicine and Remote Sensing.
The three Crews held joint TV news convention with Moscow officers and Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. When the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asked Rakesh Sharma, “How India looked from outer space?” he responded, “Saare Jahan Se Achcha” “The Best in the World” quoting from a famous poem by Mohammad Iqbal, which he had recited each day in college after the national anthem. Rakesh Sharma is the Indian Space Hero also called as Hero of the Soviet Union. Now, Mr. Sharma is set sixty eight years. More than three decades later, reality and fiction blur easily with his present day day-lovers.
Mr. Rakesh Sharma says,
"I might say, no, I hadn't met God."
"Now many young mothers introduce me to their children and inform them, 'this uncle has been to the Moon!'".
But Mr Sharma can never neglect the hysteria after he lowered back from area. He crisscrossed the United States of America and lived in lodges and guest homes. He posed for snap shots and gave speeches. "It became completely over the top. It left me indignant and worn-out. I needed to hold a smile on my face all of the time" "I had pretty much executed it all before I went into area. So whilst the opportunity came, I went along. It was that simple."
What’s effortlessly forgotten is that Mr Sharma's feat changed into probably the most effective silver lining in what was one of unbiased India's worst years ever. 1984 saw the Indian navy hurricane the Golden Temple in Punjab to flush out Sikh separatists and the revenge killing of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by way of her Sikh bodyguards.
The anti-Sikh riots, the United States of America’s worst religious rioting after Partition, convulsed Delhi. And, earlier than the year had ended, lots of people inside the town of Bhopal were killed after toxic gases leaked from a chemical manufacturing facility, the world's worst business coincidence.
Mrs Gandhi turned into pushing for an Indian in space earlier than the 1984 trendy elections, and dialled her closest best friend and space race leader, the Soviet Union, for assistance. The latter requested for a listing of candidates. "Sharma came from a country which did not have a space programme. He did not dream of turning into an astronaut. However he travelled to an alien environment, persevered a harsh weather, learnt a new language, and educated tough. He is a real hero."
Sharma answered for “would you like to go back to area again?”
"I would like to," he says, looking out to the hills from his sprawling balcony.
“But this time I would like to go as a tourist and savour the beauty of Earth. There was too much work when I went up there”