Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian citizen in space, celebrates his 71st birthday today. Sharma was born on January 13, 1949 in Ludhiana, Punjab. Sharma went on to become a cosmonaut and on April 3, 1984, he flew on board Soyuz T-11 with two Soviet cosmonauts to the space station Salyut 7. Here are more interesting facts on Rakesh Sharma on his 71st birthday.