INDIAN TRICOLOUR AROUND THE WORLD

Our national flag was hoisted on Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world, on 29th May 1953, along with the Union Jack and the Nepalese national flag.

In 1971, the Indian flag went into space on board Apollo-15. It flew into space as a medallion on the spacesuit worn by Cosmonaut Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, during the Indo-Soviet joint space flight in April 1984.

On 9th January 1982, the first Indian Antarctica Expedition planted the first Indian flag over Dakshin Gangotri. It was hoisted for the first time on the South Pole on 17th January 1989 by Colonel J.K. Bajaj.

On 21st April 1996, at 0352 hrs (IST), the first Indian and perhaps the first in Asia, Sqdn. Ldr. Sanjay Thapar, holder of many national and international records in para-jumping and skydiving, jumped from an altitude of 10,000 ft from an MI-8 helicopter and hoisted the Indian tricolour on the North Pole.

On 28th Sept 1985, the Tiranga set out on an around the world sailing expedition on board Trishna under Colonel T.P.S. Chowdhry and successfully returned home on 10th January 1987, cruising the high seas of the world and covering over 30,000 nautical miles in 470 days.

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