Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander Debris Found Highlights: Chennai Engineer Spots Debris, NASA Responds

Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander Debris Found: Shanmuga Subramanian, who spent hours comparing before and after images of the landing site, said that he had alerted both the US space agency and ISRO

Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander Debris Found Highlights: Chennai Engineer Spots Debris, NASA Responds

Chandrayaan-2: Shanmuga Subramanian worked for up to 7 hours every day to locate the lander

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Chandrayaan-2's lander Vikram, which crashed in its attempt to land on the moon in September this year, has been found by NASA. A Chennai-based engineer has been credited by US space agency for alerting them about the presence of the debris of the lander.

Shanmuga Subramanian, who spent hours comparing before and after images of the landing site, said that he had alerted both the US space agency and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The 33-year-old said only NASA responded to his alerts. 

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had lost contact with the lander Vikram following its launch from Chandraayan 2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make soft-landing near the moon's south pole. 

Here are the Highlights of Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander Debris Found:

Dec 03, 2019 13:37 (IST)
Shanmuga Subramanian on spotting the moon lander debris

Around October 3, I was searching for the moon lander's landing location and the debris in a 2x2 square kilometre area. As soon as I found about the debris I tweeted to NASA and sent an email to them and got a reply from them today. I compared the old images with the help of Nasa orbiter and found a spot which wasn't there in the old image.

Dec 03, 2019 12:56 (IST)
"It was quite hard, but (I) spent some effort," said Shanmuga Subramanian, finally announcing his discovery on Twitter on October 3.
Dec 03, 2019 12:49 (IST)
Was Also helped by fellow Twitter and Reddit users: Shanmuga Subramanian
I had side-by-side comparison of those two images on two of my laptops... on one side there was the old image, and another side there was the new image released by NASA," Shanmuga Subramanian told Agence France Presse, adding he was helped by fellow Twitter and Reddit users.
Dec 03, 2019 12:33 (IST)
Shanmuga Subramanian on Twitter posted that Nasa crediting him for the find
Dec 03, 2019 11:42 (IST)
Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander has been found: NASA
NASA in a statement said, The "debris first located by Shanmuga Subramanian about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site and was a single bright pixel identification in that first mosaic."
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