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Science and Nature : Indian techie, Shanmuga Subramanian helps Nasa find Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander on Moon – Times of India


Science and Nature :

WASHINGTON:

Chandrayaan-2

‘s Vikram lander, which crashed on the surface of the

Moon

in September, has been found by

Nasa

, the US space agency confirmed on Tuesday, lauding a Chennai-based techie who helped it trace the debris of India’s ambitious lunar mission by spending hours comparing before and after images of the landing site.

Nasa’s confirmation came nearly three months after India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission made a hard landing near the uncharted lunar south pole in the wee hours of September 7.

“The Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander has been found by our Nasa Moon mission, the

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

. See the first mosaic of the impact site,” Nasa said in a tweet sharing before and after impact images.

On September 7, the

Indian space research organisation

(ISRO) attempted a soft landing of Vikram on the Moon. However, ISRO lost contact with Vikram shortly before the scheduled touchdown.

Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team had released the first mosaic of images acquired during its September 17 flyby of the Moon.

The US space agency released a mosaic image of the site on September 26 (but taken on September 17), inviting people to compare it with images of the same area before the crash to find signs of the lander.

The first person to come up with a positive identification was Chennai-based IT professional Shanmuga Subramanian, who confirmed the identification of the crashing site of Vikram by comparing before and after images.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site and was a

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