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Born on January 13, 1949, in Patiala, India, Sharma is a former Indian Air Force pilot and cosmonaut.
In 1982, Sharma became a cosmonaut, and on April 3, 1984, he was launched into space on the Soyuz T-11, along with two Soviet cosmonauts, commander Yury Malyshev and flight engineer Gennady Strekalov. They flew to the space station, Salyut 7. There, Sharma performed scientific and technical experiments including photographing India from space, and studying the effects of yoga when the body experiences weightlessness. The mission lasted seven days and twenty-one hours.
Sharma was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union upon his return from space. To this day, he remains the only Indian to have been given this honour!