Rakesh Sharma wrote one of the most important chapters in India's history

He is the first Indian citizen to step into space.

He was serving in the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a pilot when he decided to participate in Soviet-Indian spaceflight

Astronaut Rakesh Sharma spent seven days, 21 hours and 40 minutes in space

Once such a celebrated personality, many people today, are not even aware that the Indian hero is still alive

and is leading a life away from the media glare and limelight.

Rakesh Sharma is leading a simple and peaceful life in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. He lives with his wife Madhu

Sharma was also a part of ISRO's National Advisory Council for Gaganyaan, which runs the Astronaut Selection Program