New York, 3 December: After an Indian interested in space inspected the moon’s images from a US orbiting camera, NASA said it had found the crash site and debris of the Indian Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Lander.
The place was traced by Shanmuga Subramaniam, who himself downloaded the photographs from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC). This was confirmed by NASA and Arizona State University on Monday.
NASA said the first blurry picture may be of the accident site taken from photographs taken by LROC on 17 September. Many people downloaded this picture to know about Vikram.
NASA said one of them, Subramanian, approached the LROC project with positive identification of the wreck.
LROC is located at Arizona State University (ASU).
“After receiving this information, the LROC team compared the before and after photos and confirmed the identity,” ASU said.
The university said that when photographs were taken on September 17 for the first mosaic, the accident site looked very blurred and could not be easily identified.
But on October 14–15 and on November 11, the two sequences of photos taken were better.
The university said that on the information provided by Subramaniam, the LROC team searched the surrounding area in the new Mojikes and checked the site of the accident and the debris.
The university said that the accident site is located at 70.8810 ° S, 22.7840 ° E, 834 m altitude.
“Shanmuga first saw the debris 750 meters northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.
Lander Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on September 6 after launching from Chandrayaan-2 while attempting to do softlanding at the moon’s south pole.