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INDIA - JUNE 10: Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma, Indian Air Force pilot and First Indian in Space and joined Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as a test pilot. He was based at the Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bangalore and worked on the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft program (Photo by Gireesh Gv/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

INDIA - JUNE 10:  Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma, Indian Air Force pilot and First Indian in Space and joined Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as a test pilot. He was based at the Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bangalore and worked on the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft program  (Photo by Gireesh Gv/The India Today Group/Getty Images)