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Yoga mission

Yoga mission

Author: Stephen David
Publication: India Today
Date: April 27, 2009
URL: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&sectionid=83&issueid=102&id=37177&Itemid=1

Twenty-five years after orbiting the earth in the space station Salyut-7, Rakesh Sharma went to Moscow for the celebrations of the space flight's silver jubilee with the families of his fellow cosmonauts. The now retired wing commander was also endorsing the pros of yoga in space which he had practised to fight space sickness.

Even as ISRO readies for its moon mission, Sharma wants the next Indian cosmonaut to carry forward the zero gravity yoga experiment. India's first cosmonaut's eight-day flight aboard the Soyuz T-11 spacecraft had begun on April 2, 1984 with Yuri Malyshev and Gennady Strekalov, both long gone now.

During the flight, they carried out various experiments, including multi-spectral photography. Sixty-year-old Sharma is now associated with a software company in Bangalore.


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