Nasa satellite finds debris of Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram, releases pics

Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander's debris found by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander's debris found by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA released images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) showing the impact site and resulting debris field from Vikram, which attempted to make a soft landing in the south polar regions of the moon almost three month ago as part of India's Chandrayaan-2 mission.

NASA had published a mosaic of images of the Moon taken after the crash, calling for the public to help find the site by comparing the photo to an earlier shot.

An engineering graduate from the Government Engineering College, Tirunelveli, Shanmuga has been working as an IT engineer for 12 years.

"We had the images from Nasa [of] the lander's last location".

"While I was initially not sure where to look, later I found the intended landing site of Vikram Lander and started looking in the adjacent squares for differences", he said. The Indian Space Research Organization, or ISRO, later said the craft had experienced a "hard landing".

"I narrowed my search to two square kilometres", he told the broadcaster.

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NASA released another processed image that makes the site easier to spot. The NASA team in its image also credited Subramanian for the findings.

Vikram lander's ejecta as seen by LRO's camera. "(1 km from the landing spot) Lander might have been buried in Lunar sand?". I tweeted first to Nasa as well as Isro. The debris is about 750 metre northwest of the crash site. And it was this clinching evidence, which even the premier space agency overlooked, that helped NASA announce on Tuesday that the Vikram lander had been found. Beyond nations, billionaires Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson are also competing in an unofficial space race, from launching satellites to sending astronauts and tourists into space.

For the past few months, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling the Moon with mission control keeping an eye out for India's lost lander.

"I am insane about rockets from my childhood and never missed a rocket launch to watch on TV until I reached college", he said.

The image (tweeted by NASA) shows the Vikram Lander impact point and associated debris field. "Just have the images open side by side and go through pixel after pixel", he added.

Thanking Subramanian for an interesting observation, Nasa's deputy project scientist (LRO mission) John Keller said its LROC team confirmed that location did exhibit changes in images taken before and after the day of landing. An image of Moon with blue and green dots show the impact point of Vikram and an associated debris field. We Appreciate your constant effort. A space enthusiast who regularly posts on space missions, Shan tweeted, "We could do a lot with LRO's data".

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