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Gopichand Thotakura Becomes The First Indian To Go To Space As A Tourist; Creates History!

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By Kanan Parmar
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History was made on May 19 when Indian-origin entrepreneur and pilot Gopichand Thotakura soared into space aboard Blue Origin's NS-25 mission, becoming the first Indian tourist to venture beyond our planet. This momentous event, part of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' ambitious space travel program, marks a significant milestone for India and space tourism.

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In a heartwarming video shared on Blue Origin's official Instagram account, Thotakura can be seen proudly displaying a tiny Indian flag while floating weightlessly in space. Alongside his fellow crew members, he relished the once-in-a-lifetime experience of zero gravity, all smiles and awe as they floated freely within the spacecraft.

Thotakura took a moment to face the camera, holding a placard that read, "I am an Eco hero of my sustainable planet," before unveiling the Indian tricolour, which floated alongside him.

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Reflecting on his extraordinary journey, Thotakura shared, "It was amazing... you have to see it with your own eyes. I can't describe what it's like to look into space. Everyone should have the chance to experience it. Seeing Earth from the other side was truly incredible."

The NS-25 mission, Blue Origin's seventh human spaceflight and the 25th flight for the New Shepard program, featured a diverse and accomplished crew. Alongside Thotakura were Mason Angel, Sylvain Chiron, Kenneth L. Hess, Carol Schaller, and former Air Force Captain Ed Dwight. Notably, Dwight was selected by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 as the nation's first black astronaut candidate, though he never had the opportunity to fly.

The social media response was overwhelmingly positive, with users expressing their pride and excitement. Comments such as "LOVE FROM INDIA" and "Best of luck from India... love you all" flooded the post, highlighting the global impact of Thotakura's achievement.

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