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First Hydroelectric Plant On the Ganganachukki waterfall of the Sivasamudram Falls, Karnataka, built in 1902
First City to have electricity Banglore, in 1906 (it was in fact the first city to have electricity)
First Man in Space Rakesh Sharma aboard Salyut 7, on April 03, 1984. He was the 138th man in space world-wide.
First Women in Space Kalpana Chawla aboard Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87, on November 19,1997
She was a naturalized United States citizen, and represented the US during the event.
First Test-tube baby Durga Agarwal, born 1978
First Scienfific Expedition to Antarctica 1981
First Nuclear Reactor Tarapur, Maharashtra
First Genetically Modified Food Product in India Bt. Egg Plant Hybrid
First Satellite Aryabhatta, launched on April 19, 1975
First Satellite dedicated exclusively for educational services EDUSET
First Successfully Indigenous Launch Vehicle SLV-3
The first person in the world to land on the moon Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E Aldrin Jr of USA (Armstrong was the first to set foot on the moon followed by Aldrin) - July 21, 1969
First man to enter space (or the world's first cosmonaut) Yuri Gagarin (Russian)
The first returnable space shuttle Colombia
The first disabled satellite repaired in space Solar Max
The first unmanned moon-buggy to explore surface of the moon Lunokhod-I (Russia)
The first unmanned spaceship to have soft-landed and lifted off from the moon to return to earth. Luna - 16 (Russia) (Sept. 21, 1970)
The first manned space vehicle to land on the moon Lunar Exploration Module (LEM) nick named "Eagle"
The first country to send men on the moon USA
The first to launch earth satellite or "artificial baby moon" Russia
The first woman cosmonaut of the world Valentina Tereshkova (Russian)
The first person to float in space Alexei Lenov (Russian)
The first American astronaut (and second person in the world) to float in space Edward White
The first country to launch a cosmic space rocket towards moon USSR
The first space rocket to hit the moon Lunik-II
The first spaceship in the world to sample moon's crust Surveyor-3 (USA)
The first space vehicle to soft-land on Moon Luna-9 (Russia)
The first space vehicle to orbite the moon Luna-10 (Russia)
The first space-craft to leave solar system Pioneer II
The first American manned spaceship to perform crew transfer in space Apollo-9 (USA)
The first manned spacehip to perform space flight round the moon Apollo-8 (USA)


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