Months after losing contact with ISRO’s ground station after a hard landing on the moon’s surface Chandrayaan 2’s Lander Vikram has been located by the U.S. space agency NASA on the surface of the moon.
The #Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander has been found by our @NASAMoon mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. See the first mosaic of the impact site https://t.co/GA3JspCNuh pic.twitter.com/jaW5a63sAf— NASA (@NASA) December 2, 2019
An image released by NASA on Tuesday shows the precise spot on the Moon’s surface where Vikram lander hard-landed in early September. The precise location of Vikram lander on the moon’s surface has been found with the help of a Chennai based techie.
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@NASA has credited me for finding Vikram Lander on Moon’s surface#VikramLander #Chandrayaan2@timesofindia @TimesNow @NDTV pic.twitter.com/2LLWq5UFq9— Shan (@Ramanean) December 2, 2019
Shanmuga Subramanian, a Chennai-based techie was the first to locate the debris in the US space agency’s images. The images were the result of weeks of work involving Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
#NDTVExclusive | “We should be allocating more to the space budget”: Shanmuga Subramanian, Chennai engineer, who alerted NASA #VikramLander #Chandrayaan2 pic.twitter.com/FAceNt6bEL— NDTV (@ndtv) December 3, 2019
Vikram lander lost communication shortly before its touchdown near the lunar south pole as the whole nation was waiting anxiously for its successful landing. NASA in its statement said, “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement”.
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#NASA says it has found the impact site and debris of #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander https://t.co/AAz5fM3fq5— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) December 3, 2019
Had the Vikram lander had a safe and sound landing on the surface of the moon India would have become the fourth nation to land on the Moon. However, in spite of the failed landing, most mission stages — from launch to lunar orbit entry — had been successful.
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No country has so far managed to pull off a successful soft landing in less than two attempts on the surface of the moon.