New Delhi: On April 2, 1984, India launched its first space mission and Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian in Space. Sharma had a brief conversation with the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and when Indira Gandhi asked Sharma how did India look from the Space, Sharma said,”Saare jahan se achcha.” On the 36th anniversary of this major feat, the Congress shared the video on its Twitter handle as a throwback. Also Read - 46 Years of 'Smiling Buddha': The Historic Pokhran Test That Made India a Nuclear Power
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In 1982, Rakesh Sharma was selected for the mission which was jointly undertaken by Isro and the Soviet Intercosmos Space Programme.
Soviet rocket Soyuz T-11 was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. Sharma had spent 7 days 21 hours and 40 minutes on the Salyut 7 orbital station.