Vikram lander found! And a Chennai guy found it
Even while the whole nation was hooked on national television on September 7 to witness our second mission to moon, Chandrayaan 2, we lost touch with Vikram lander. It was just minutes before the actual land down that ISRO scientists lost all communication with Vikram.
The American space agency NASA came to help to find it but didn’t succeed, till now. NASA declared that they found the debris of Vikram lander on the moon surface and mentioned the name which found it. It’s Chennai’s Shanmuga Subramanian.
An engineering graduate from the Government Engineering College, Tirunelveli, Shanmuga has been working as an IT engineer for 12 years. A mechanical engineer by profession, an avid weather and space enthusiast, his interest in outer space has immensely benefited the public.
Shanmuga Subramanian looked for debris of the Vikram lander on the images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Camera that the US space agency had released to the public.
In a tweet to the space agency on October 3, Shanmuga Subramanian posted two pictures of the landing site. One was from December 2017 and the other after news of the lander lost contact with ISRO. He pointed out that no white dot was seen in the old picture of the same spot from December 2017 which indicated that the white dot on the left image is Vikram lander. He even pointed out to the American space scientists that Vikram would only be visible as a dot since the new image was 1.25m per pixel. Providing them with the coordinates of the crash site, Shanmuga Subramanian presented evidence of the ejecta that may have been thrown out of the lander.
NASA finally confirmed it was the debris of the lander.