Published: Tue, December 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NASA finds Indian Moon lander with help of amateur space enthusiast

NASA finds Indian Moon lander with help of amateur space enthusiast

The discovery came with the help of an Indian mechanical engineer called Shanmuga Subramanian, who contacted NASA after studying images of the site released by the agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team on September 26.

Early on Tuesday, the team of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission wrote to Subramanian confirming that the location does exhibit changes in the images taken before and after the landing.

After making the discovery, Shanmuga wrote to Nasa informing it about his findings for which the USA space agency took some time to confirm it.

"The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site", ASU said.

"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.

Subramanian said he sent an email about what he thought he saw to NASA on October 18 and again on November 20.

Following news of Shanmuga's achievement, industrialist Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to praise his efforts and intellectual capabilities. Vikram Lander was scheduled to make a soft-landing near the south pole of the moon on September 7. Vikram measured 8.3 feet (2.5 m) in its longest dimension, according to materials released by India's space agency before the landing attempt.

Ever since the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released mosaic images acquired by its lunar orbiter, Shanmuga Subramanian had been constantly scanning them to find some sign of Lander Vikram.

Subramanian said he worked for up to seven hours everyday in his Chennai residence to locate the lander.

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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials told local press soon after that the lander had been located on the surface and that it must have endured a hard landing.

NASA said that, while the mission resulted in the loss of Vikram, "getting that close to the surface was an fantastic achievement".

He asked, "Is this Vikram lander?"

Within the debris field, the LROC team has categorised about two-dozen fragments as either "confirmed or likely" pieces of the Vikram lander.

An image combining before and after photographs of the Vikram impact site highlights the dark inner and light outer materials splaying out from the impact.

The images for the first mosaic were acquired the impact point was poorly illuminated and thus not easily identifiable.

The #Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander has been found by our @NASAMoon mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

On November 17, he tweeted more details with two images of the crash site.

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