By Elsa Lycias Joel, India
Rakesh Sharma is known as a hero of the Soviet Union and as the first Indian to travel in space. Mr. Sharma started his career as an Indian Air Force test pilot in 1970. In 1982 he was selected for the joint Indo-Soviet Space mission as a cosmonaut. He became the first citizen of India to go into space while on board the Soviet rocket Soyuz T-11 in 1984. He was one of the three members of the crew who docked with the Slyut 7 Orbital Station. While on board for over 7 days, he conducted scientific and technical studies mainly in the fields of bio-medicine and remote sensing. Who can forget his words in reply to the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s question as to how India looked from space? He replied, “Saare Jahan Se Achcha!” which means “Better than the Entire World!” He is the recipient of Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime bravery award of the Indian Republic.
See him in conversation with Elsa Lycias Joel at the Radiant Wellness Onclave while they speak about wellness: