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Gopi Thotakura Named Among 6 Crew Members to fly on Blue Origin’s NS-25 Mission

Published on April 17, 2024
Current Context: Gopichand Thotakura, an entrepreneur and pilot, has been selected as one of the six crew members for Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin New Shepard -25 (NS-25) mission.
Gopi Thotakura Named Among 6 Crew Members to fly on Blue Origin’s NS-25 Mission
  • This makes him the first Indian space tourist and the second Indian to venture into space after the Indian Army’s Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma in 1984.
  • Thotakura reportedly hails from Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada, and his Facebook profile says he currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US.
  • He holds a degree in Aviation Management and Operations from Coventry University, UAE, and a Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
  • He co-founded Preserve Life Corp, a global centre for holistic wellness and applied health near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • In addition to his commercial jet piloting, Thotakura is experienced in piloting bush, aerobatic, and seaplanes, as well as gliders and hot air balloons.
  • He has also served as an international medical jet pilot.
  • His adventurous spirit led him to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in his most recent expedition.


Q.1 Who is the first Indian space tourist?
a. Rakesh Sharma
b. Sunita Williams
c. Kalpana Chawla
d. Gopichand Thotakura
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