NASA finds Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2 on Moon Surface

NASA finds Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2 on Moon Surface

NASA finds Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2 on Moon Surface

The mechanical engineer and computer programmer was instrumental in helping NASA finding a piece of debris of ISRO's Vikram Lander of its Chandrayaan-2 mission on the lunar surface.

Mr Subramanian has tweeted an email sent to him by the space agency congratulating him for his effort.

"Vikram lander has been located by the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2, but no communication with it yet".

The reports claimed yesterday that with the help of photographs released by the USA space agency NASA, IT professional Shanmug Subramanian of Chennai has found the location where the wreckage of Vikram after the crash Is kept.

A space enthusiast who was never miss a launch said it was NASA's inability to find the lander on its own had sparked his interest. This is the first time a publicly-released image has identified the lander's impact site and debris field.

"When I zoomed in on a particular picture, I had an inkling that it could be the debris of Vikram lander".

On September 7, the Indian Space Research Organisation attempted a soft landing of Vikram on the Moon, before losing with the lander ahead of the scheduled touchdown.

"I went through the LROC images pixel by pixel and found some minute variations at a spot on the lunar surface between the image of December 2017 and the one taken on September 17. So I searched pixel-by-pixel around that impact area", the 33-year-old Chennai-based engineer told BBC Tamil.

LRO Project Scientist Noah Petro, to whom Subramanian emailed his finding, had said, "The story of this really fantastic individual (who) found it, helped us find it, is really awesome". The lander's impact site looks like a dark shadow on the pocked lunar surface; NASA has generated an animation showing the before and after images to help the public understand what they're seeing. The NASA team in its image also credited Subramanian for the findings.

NASA had released the first images of the landing spot of Chandrayaan-2 on September 26.

The roughly $140m mission, known as Chandrayaan-2, was meant to study permanently shadowed moon craters that are thought to contain water deposits, which were confirmed by the Chandrayaan-1 mission in 2008.

Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was a major achievement for the Indian space agency.

Not long ago, NASA reported that it found India's lunar lander, which was supposed to attempt a smooth landing on Earth's natural satellite.

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