Twitter Wishes Rakesh Sharma, First Indian In Space, On His Birthday

Rakesh Sharma was a part of the Soviet Union's Soyuz T-11 mission, which was launched on April 2, 1984.

Twitter Wishes Rakesh Sharma, First Indian In Space, On His Birthday

Rakesh Sharma was a part of the Soviet Union's Soyuz T-11 mission (File Photo)

New Delhi:

Former Indian Air Force pilot Rakesh Sharma, who became the first Indian to travel to space in 1984, celebrated his birthday today. To support this incredible feat, several social media users wished the former Wing Commander. Several users recalled his reply to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when she asked what India looked like from space. "Saare Jahan Se Achcha" was what he replied with. Twitter today trended with the hashtag #RakeshSharma for the occasion of his birthday.

Rakesh Sharma was a part of the Soviet Union's Soyuz T-11 mission, which was launched on April 2, 1984.

Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan and Ram Vilas Paswan took to Twitter to convey their wishes to him.

BJP leader H Raja also tweeted, recalling the astronaut's words to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

"Today is the b'day of #RakeshSharma, former Indian Air Force pilot, First Indian to travel in space; Bharat Ratna awardee," tweeted one user.

"India celebrating the birthday of the first Indian who went into space. #RakeshSharma turns 71. The nation will always remember you. We wish you a prosperous & healthy years ahead..." tweeted another user.

"Birthday wishes to Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to travel to space. The country is proud of you. #RakeshSharma," said yet another user.

Newsbeep

Recently, Rakesh Sharma had approved the idea of having a national space mission by 2022. Rakesh Sharma said the ambitious mission, which plans to send an Indian into space, is "a coming of age" and a "natural corollary" of every space programme, news agency PTI quoted him as saying.

"If we wish to improve our existence on Earth, we need to ensure that future ventures in outer space, ought to work for the greater good of humankind back on Earth" he said, adding that future ventures into outer space are "not, solely, for the benefit of one or another nation."

(With Inputs From PTI And IANS)