Recent images of the lunar surface released by NASA showed the Indian lunar lander Vikram which crashed on the surface on September 7. The images taken by the U.S space agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) revealed the debris that was strewn across at least 750 metres of the crash site.
NASA has credited an Indian engineer named Shanmuga Subramanian for spotting the debris from the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s lander. Earlier, the space agency had released an image of the site on September 26, asking the public to search for any signs of the lunar lander. Subramanian contacted the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter with a positive response.
“Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with a positive identification of debris. After receiving this tip, the LROC [LRO Camera] team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”
After a promising journey that commenced on July 22, India was waiting for its Vikram lander to touch the lunar surface smoothly. However, the lander crashed just three minutes before it was going to touch the surface on September 7.
Since then, space experts and amateurs have been trying to find the missing Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram Lander.
Shanmuga Subramanian located the debris about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site and was a single bright pixel identification in that first mosaic (1.3-metre pixels, 84-degree incidence angle).