Reliving Rakesh's space odyssey

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A file photo of Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space. In 1984, as part of a joint space program between ISRO and the Soviet Intercosmos space program, Sharma spent eight days in space aboard the Salyut 7 space station.

A file photo of Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space. In 1984, as part of a joint space program between ISRO and the Soviet Intercosmos space program, Sharma spent eight days in space aboard the Salyut 7 space station.

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Squadron leader Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, is seen in uniform in this file photo.

Squadron leader Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, is seen in uniform in this file photo.

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Eugene Cernan last man to walk the moon is seen with Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space (1984), at an Omega press conference, Taj Palace. HT Photo/Raj K Raj

Eugene Cernan last man to walk the moon is seen with Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space (1984), at an Omega press conference, Taj Palace. HT Photo/Raj K Raj

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In this file photo, Sharma is seen at a Omega press conference at the Taj Palace. HT Photo/Raj K Raj

In this file photo, Sharma is seen at a Omega press conference at the Taj Palace. HT Photo/Raj K Raj

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Squadron Leader Sharma conducted multi-spectral photography of north India in anticipation of the construction of hydroelectric power stations in the Himalayas. In this file photo, Sharma is seen alongwith former cricketers SMH Kirmani and GR Vishwanath at a promotional event. (PTI Photo)

Squadron Leader Sharma conducted multi-spectral photography of north India in anticipation of the construction of hydroelectric power stations in the Himalayas. In this file photo, Sharma is seen alongwith former cricketers SMH Kirmani and GR Vishwanath at a promotional event. (PTI Photo)

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Astronaut Rakesh Sharma gestures from the cockpit of a US fighter jet F-18 before flying in it at the 'Aero India 2009' in Yelahanka air base on the outskirts of Bangalore.(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Astronaut Rakesh Sharma gestures from the cockpit of a US fighter jet F-18 before flying in it at the 'Aero India 2009' in Yelahanka air base on the outskirts of Bangalore.(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

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Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, along with Lars Olof Lindgren and Christer Fuglesang (First Swedish astronaut in space) at the embassy of Sweden. HT Photo/Dijeshwar Singh

Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, along with Lars Olof Lindgren and Christer Fuglesang (First Swedish astronaut in space) at the embassy of Sweden. HT Photo/Dijeshwar Singh

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