On Tuesday NASA found Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2 and released images of the impact site on the Moon where the spacecraft had obscured moments before making a soft landing on the far side of the lunar surface.
Despite frenetic quest for the Vikram Moon lander by scientists at ISRO and US space agency NASA since it vanished on Moon’s surface on September 7. It was a techie from Chennai who finally was able to solve the biggest mystery in India’s space history till now. The United States premier space agency, NASA, has credited Shanmuga Subramanian (Shan) for helping it find ISRO’s Vikram Moon lander debris on the lunar surface. Shanmuga works at engineering company Lennox India Technology Centre in Chennai as a technical architect. The agency said, “Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with positive identification of debris.The LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images, after receiving this tip,” These pictures indicates the impact spot of the lander and an associated debris field created by the crash with blue and green dots respectively.
NASA said in a statement reporting the new images of the Vikram impact site that “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement,” The photo “highlights changes to the surface,” they added.
If Vikram had reached its destination intact,India would have become the 4th nation to land on the Moon. NASA had earlier made 2attempts on September 17 and October 14 to locate Chandrayaan 2’s lander but no avail. The agency quoted two reason for its inability to trace Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander, first- the lander might be lying in shadowed part of the moon or second- it might be located outside the area US space agency photographed which.