LIKE POLITICIANS and actors, astronauts too may not retire for good. Their experience and expertise is always available. While Indian space scientists are thinking of the country's first manned space mission, our first astronaut Wing Commander (retired) Rakesh Sharma, now a Bangalorean, has offered to be a part of it, if he is allowed to. Back in 1984, Wing Cdr Sharma spent eight days on a Russian space station with two spacemen from that country. Will he create history again?