Renowned astronaut Rakesh Sharma in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: World Famous Indian Astronaut Rakesh Sharma met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat here on Wednesday.

rakesh sharma-navven patnaikRakesh an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot renowned for being the first Indian to go into space as a cosmonaut in the joint programme between India’s ISRO and Soviet Union’s Intercosmos space program through the Soyuz T-11 space rocket during 1984.

Following his magnificent feat, he was awarded with Hero of Soviet Union by the then undivided Russia and was also conferred with the highest gallantry award (during peace time) the Ashoka Chakra by the Indian Government.


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