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Now many young mothers introduce me to their kids and tell them, 'this uncle has been to the Moon!'

Rakesh Sharma

The memories are difficult to share because, mostly, they are experiential and somehow, verbal forms of communication do not seem to do justice to the sight of watching a sunrise or a sunset from space while emerging from/entering the dark side of earth during every orbit.

Rakesh Sharma

The training was rigorous no doubt but challenging and enjoyable as well because of its novel content.

Rakesh Sharma

What this experience has shown me is my place in the universe. So I’ve simplified my life.

Rakesh Sharma

Saare jahaan se achcha, Hindustan hamara.

Rakesh Sharma

When you’re in uniform, you’re very apolitical. Our profession is all we talk about.

Rakesh Sharma

It's difficult to make a comparison. The Soviet philosophy is to go step by step. When they come up with something, their next model would be an improvement. The western technology does a hop, step and jump.

Rakesh Sharma

Priorities have to be allocated by the government because they have a complete picture of the country's requirements. If priority is allocated to a manned space programme, I'm confident we can swing it. But it's going to be tremendously expensive - the infrastructure and so on.

Rakesh Sharma

India and Russia today have strengths that are complementary for the future of space research. 

Rakesh Sharma

Yes, on the one hand I was hugely excited while on the other, I was aware that a great responsibility was being thrust upon me as I would be representing my country, my Air Force and my unit – ASTE, in that order.

Rakesh Sharma

Sadly, this misinformation made its way into school text books and was distributed far and wide. The Moon is a significant part of our cultural folklore and the young reader tends to see the Moon as a logical destination. Near Earth Orbit is a term that people are not familiar with!

Rakesh Sharma

I stopped thinking about it after trying to figure out what are the lessons learned, and there are so many. After I had basically sorted that out, I figured it's time to really look at the future and not at the past. 

Kalpana Chawla

I don't know why I always liked aerospace engineering. I was in the 10th grade when I figured that's what I wanted to do. 

Kalpana Chawla

Some of the senior people, the very senior astronauts, shook my hand and said, 'K.C., you did a great job. Don't let anyone tell you different.' 

Kalpana Chawla

When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.

Kalpana Chawla

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