Chennai, December 3: Shanmuga Subramanian, the techie who has been credited with the "discovery of debris from the Vikram lander", apparently found the Chandrayaan 2 Vikram Lander debris on September 27 itself. In one of the earlier tweets by the mechanical engineer, Subramanian had replied to a NASA image and argued that pictures by the American Space Agency showed the lander in NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter pictures. Who is Shanmuga Subramanian? Here's All About The Techie Whose Efforts Helped NASA in Discovery of Chandrayaan 2 Vikram Lander Debris.
Subramanian had tagged both NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in his tweet. "This does look like lander @isro @LRO_NASA @NASALine 3531 and Sample 22670 (Somewhere far ahead of the intended landing site) and I am able to see the legs of it?" he had tweeted. Chandrayaan 2: NASA Finds Debris of Vikram Lander on Moon's Surface, Tweets Image.
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Line 3531 and Sample 22670 (Somewhere far ahead of the intended landing site) and I am able to see the legs of it? pic.twitter.com/idpn1kXcYE
— Shan (@Ramanean) September 27, 2019
US space agency NASA on Tuesday tweeted saying that it has found the debris of the Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2. The lander had lost communication moments before making a soft landing on the moon on November 7.
The agency shared images clicked by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) camera, that show the site's changes on the moon and the impact before and after the lander made a hard landing on the surface of the moon.
The Space agency also said that it was helped by the effort of Shanmuga Subramanian, who had been doing his separate research on the Vikram lander. NASA acknowledged Subramanian's "time and effort" on his endeavour and congratulated the techie.
Ever since ISRO lost contact with Vikram, NASA had made several attempts to locate the Chandrayaan-2 lander with the help of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The LRO flew over Vikram's landing site once on September 17 and next on October 14.
Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon launched in July. India's ambition to become only the fourth country in the world to send a lander on Moon and the first country to land on the moon’s South Pole met with disappointment after Vikram lander lost contact just moments before the touchdown on September 7.