Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

NASA satellite finds crashed Indian Moon lander

NASA satellite finds crashed Indian Moon lander

Announcing the discovery of the Vikram lander, Nasa tweeted a mosaic image of the site.

ISRO's second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2 had three main parts - orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan).

The identified site with a debris field 466 miles away was then confirmed by NASA by comparing before and after images of the area. "I sent my findings to Nasa and what they did was to closely search the lunar surface based on the location I gave and pick up the location of the larger debris", Mr Subramanian told this newspaper, amid a stream of media interviews at his Besant Nagar apartment.

He warned NASA and photographed the area in detail, proving that its analysis was correct. His keen analysis of the images successfully identified the Vikram wreckage, according to the US space agency.

Nasa, which has been closely following the mission, as also several global agencies, collaborated in the Isro search for clues about the lander's whereabouts.

The $ 140 million complex mission was to make a soft landing with a rover - a space exploration vehicle created to move on the surface of the moon - looking for signs of lightning.

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The Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the unmanned probe when it was in the final stage of an audacious Moon landing attempt on September 6, just 1.3 miles from the lunar surface.

If India had succeeded in landing the spacecraft, it would have been one of the few nations to make a soft landing on the moon following the United States, China, and the former Soviet Union. Subramanian said he received a "good response" from the scientists at NASA.

"They (scientists) have given their best and have always made India proud.This is the time to be courageous and fearless we will be!" However, ISRO has not made any images related to the claim public.

The atmosphere suddenly darkened when the craft stopped sending data during its last minutes of descent. Nothing much happened, until Mr Subramanian's mail landed with the two space agencies.

"I apologise for the delay in getting back to you". Now with the statement of ISRO chief, India's Chandrayaan-2 campaign has once again come into the limelight. The orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 is carrying out the campaign, revolving around the moon.

The mission had lifted off on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan space centre, in Sriharikota. It was supposed to land near the south pole of the moon on September 7. After the landing date itself, our website had given that our own orbiter has located Vikram.

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