Rakesh Sharma (left) and Nikolai Rukavishnikov at the Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center. Photo: AFP On 3 April 1984, Rakesh Sharma, a 35-year-old fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force, embarked on a quest that would go on to define his life. He travelled to space and discovered that the universe is much more beautiful than the images which had been recorded till then.
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