Happy Birthday Rakesh Sharma! Wishing Rakesh Sharma, The First Indian to travel in Spaceâ€¬, a very Happy Birthday. He turns 66 today. During the mid-80's, Rakesh Sharma proved to be a pioneer in the field of piloting. He was the first Indian to venture into space and bring a new perspective into the country. Owing to his dedication and struggle, he became a part of the most distinctive space program that involved only the best military cadets. The Intercosmos Research Team was a program that was conducted by the Soviet Union and included active participation from allied countries such as India, Syria and France. Rakesh Sharma was chosen for this assignment and ever since, he has been an inspiration to upcoming cosmonauts. Read more: Happy Birthday Rakesh Sharma! - News - Society - Russian Radio == Nothing is late untill its too late, to wish and be poud about this awesome man!!