Rakesh Sharma Biography, Birth, Age, Education, Career, Awards and More

On the historic day of April 3, 1984, Rakesh Sharma etched his name in the annals of Indian history by becoming the first Indian to venture into space. This remarkable feat made him a pioneer in the field of space exploration and a source of immense pride for the nation. As an Indian citizen, Rakesh Sharma holds the distinction of being the sole representative of India to have embarked on such a momentous journey beyond Earth’s boundaries.

Rakesh Sharma Biography

Rakesh Sharma’s remarkable journey into space began in 1982 when he was selected as a cosmonaut for a historic joint Soviet-Indian spaceflight. This momentous opportunity allowed him to embark on an extraordinary mission, spending a remarkable 7 days, 21 hours, and 40 minutes aboard the renowned Salyut 7 space station. Throughout this duration, Sharma and his crewmates conducted various experiments, gathered valuable scientific data, and furthered our understanding of the vast realm beyond our planet.

Rakesh Sharma Picture
Rakesh Sharma Picture

Personal Information

Full Name Rakesh Sharma
Nickname AKA Rakesh
DOB (Date of Birth) 13 January 1949

(at the time of death)

72 Years
Zodiac sign Capricorn
Birthplace Patiala, Punjab, India
Nationality Indian
Hometown Hyderabad, India
Religion N/A


School St. Ann’s High School, Secunderabad, St. Georges Grammar School, Hyderabad
College/ University  Nizam College, Hyderabad,  National Defence Academy in Khadakvasla, Pune
Qualification Not Known

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 6”
Meter 1.68 m
Centimeters 168 cm
Weight 75 kg,  165 lbs
Eye Color Light Brown
Hair Color White
Body Measurements N/A

Family Information

Father Name Devendranath Sharma
Mother Name Tripata Sharma
Brother N/A
Marital Status Married
Children Son- Kapil Sharma,  Daughter- Mansi, Krittika Sharma
Wife/Spouse Madhu


Girlfriend Not Known


Profession   Former Indian Air Force Pilot, Cosmonaut
Net Worth  $7 million


Color Blue, White
Food Non-Vegetarian
Actor/ Actress Ben Kingsley, Amisha Patel, Kajol
Movies Batman, Dil walay Dulhanian le jayenge
Hobbies Gardening, Travelling, Reading, Playing Golf, Doing Yoga
Cosmonaut Yuri Gagrin
Destination Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu
Rakesh Sharma Young Age Picture
Rakesh Sharma Young Age Picture
Rakesh Sharma with his Wife Madhu and Sons Kapil Kapil Sharma
Rakesh Sharma with her Wife Madhu and Sons Kapil Kapil Sharma


He was born in a Gaur Brahmin Family to Devenddranath Sharma and Tripata Sharma.


He was born on 13 January 1949 in Patiala city of Punjab, India. Now he is 74 ye old.


With dedication and perseverance, Rakesh Sharma successfully completed his training at the NDA and went on to achieve a significant milestone in his career. In 1970, he was commissioned into the Indian Air Force as a pilot, marking the beginning of his illustrious journey in the field of aviation. This commissioning symbolized the trust and confidence bestowed upon him to serve his country as a member of the esteemed Indian Air Force.

Wife & Children

While Rakesh Sharma and Madhu have experienced the joys of parenthood, they have also endured heartache. The couple had another daughter named Mansi, who tragically passed away at the young age of six. The loss of a child is an indescribable sorrow, and the family faced this unimaginable hardship with resilience and strength.

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On the momentous day of April 2, 1984, Rakesh Sharma embarked on his historic space journey aboard Soyuz T-11, alongside ship’s commander Yury Malyshev and flight engineer Gennadi Strekalov. Their destination was the renowned Salyut 7 Orbital Station, where they conducted scientific experiments, gathered invaluable data, and expanded their knowledge of space exploration. Throughout this extraordinary mission, Wing Commander Ravish Malhotra stood on standby, ready to assume the responsibilities if the need arose, highlighting the meticulous planning and preparedness of the mission.

Awards and Honors List

  • Videsh Seva Service Medal
  • Sangram Medal
  • Sainya Seva Medal
  • Paschim Star
  • Hero Of The Soviet Union
  • Ashok Chakra
  • 9 Years Long Service Medal
  • 25th Anniversary Of Independence Medal

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