Amateur space enthusiast finds Vikram debris

Amateur space enthusiast finds Vikram debris

After U.S. space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released images of the debris of India's crashed moon lander Chandrayaan-2, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan said an Indian orbiter had already located it earlier. NASA made the announcement on Monday, releasing a picture taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that confirmed the location of the spacecraft's impression (September 6 in India and September 7 within the US). Among them was Shanmuga Subramanian who contacted the LRO project with positive identification of debris.

NASA recognised Shanmuga Subramanian's discovery and has credit him for the same.

ISRO on September 2 successfully carried out the separation of lander Vikram (with rover Pragyan housed inside) from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter.

NASA then carried out extra searches within the space and formally introduced the discovering virtually two months later.

Nasa, in a tweet, confirmed the news and released images of the impact site on Moon's surface. "All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with lander".

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On being able to narrow down the area for his search, he said: "Though there was no data available about the path of Vikram lander, I eventually concluded it would have come from North Pole as one of the tweets from "cgbassa" said Vikram has crossed the North Pole of the moon".

The mission consisted of a main spacecraft that would stay in orbit around the Moon and drop the unmanned lander Vikram onto its surface.

"The Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander has been found by our NASA Moon mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter".

"It took days of work to find the crash site", the engineer said. "Using this information the LROC team did additional searches in this area and located the site of the primary impact as well as other debris around the impact location and has announced the sighting on the NASA and ASU pages where you have been given credit for your observation", stated the acknowledgment mail from NASA. "We keep the rover alive through transit and landing so it can go do its job". But contact was lost on descent, with the Vikram lander going silent around 2 km (1.2 mi) from the surface and remaining that way since.

From the two LROC images, Mr Subramanian could point out to Nasa that a 2017 image he analysed had no white dot whereas the September 2019 image had it at that spot, and that could only mean that it was Vikram lander.

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