With the help of Chennai-based engineer Shanmuga Subramanian NASA finds the crash site of Chandrayaan-2 India’s lost Moon lander.
NASA announced that it had finally found the crash site of India’s lost lunar lander, Vikram. Images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) camera show the crash site of the lander about 600 km (372 miles) from the southern pole of the Moon, shown below, including an impact point and field of debris surrounding it.
Vikram was part of India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to send to the Moon’s surface an orbiter, lander, and rover. When the Indian Space Research Organization lost touch with the lander as it approached the lunar surface on September 7 after being released by the orbiter, those ambitions were cut short.
The ISRO finally admitted that the lander crashed two and a half months after the agency lost contact – a week before NASA discovered the lander’s crash site.
The lander was launched on July 15 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, with an orbiter and a rover called Pragyaan in tow. The orbiter is in full operation at the moment.
The lander was set to make India the fourth country to softly land a manmade object on the Moon after the US, the USSR, and China.
NASA has credited Shanmuga Subramanian (33), who compared before and after images and contacted NASA’s LRO project after spotting a possible site of impact.
“Despite the loss, it was an amazing achievement to get close to the surface,” reads NASA’s statement.
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