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26th anniversary of first Indian in space on Monday

The first Indian to fly into space, Rakesh Sharma at his home in Coonoor. Photo: K.Ananthan   | Photo Credit: K_Ananthan

India will Monday celebrate the 26th anniversary of its first astronaut Rakesh Sharma's trip to space.

The Russian Centre of Science and Culture in the capital will organise an interaction with Mr. Sharma, where he will share his experiences.

Mr. Sharma, then a squadron leader in the Indian Air Force (IAF), embarked on the historic mission on April 3, 1984, as part of a joint space programme between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Soviet Intercosmos space programme. He spent seven days, 21 hours and 40 minutes in space.


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