Indian engineer finds Vikram lander via NASA

An Indian Mechanical Engineer found the missing Chandrayan lander Vikram through NASA image and the NASA confirmed it on Tuesday after acting on the tip-off.

In a tweet, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said that it’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Camera sighted the remains of Vikram lander on the lunar surface. 

NASA’s confirmation came after an Indian computer programmer and mechanical engineer named Shanmuga Subramanian contacted NASA’s project after which, the American space agency confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.

“Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with positive identification of debris. After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images,” NASA stated.

NASA further informed that the debris was first located by Shanmuga is about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site. 

“The LROC team scoured the surrounding area in these new mosaics and found the impact site (70.8810°S,  22.7840°E, 834 m elevation) and associated debris field. The November mosaic had the best pixel scale (0.7 meter) and lighting conditions (72° incidence angle),” it said.

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