We located crashed Vikram Lander first, says ISRO chief

Katie Ramirez
December 5, 2019

"We had already declared that on our website, you can go back and see".

He kept reading updates on the mission till the time NASA in a blog on September 29 released the images captured by its Lunar Renaissance Orbiter that had flown over the Vikram Lander's landing area. "All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with the lander".

The space agency said in a statement shortly after is "discovered" Vikram: "The Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander was targeted for a highland smooth plain about 600 kilometres from the south pole".

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.

Here's what happened. NASA released some images of the Moon's southern region, where the Vikram lander was supposed to land.

He acknowledged Vikram with partly burnt gas must possess had a mass of 700-800 kg (fresh weight changed into 1,471 kg), a lot like that of a sedan auto or a small airplane. However, "ISRO will not refute the claims made by the NASA", he said, speaking to media on the sidelines of the sixth convocation of the Central university of Rajasthan in Ajmer on Tuesday. And as per ISRO records, it changed into travelling at a rush of 534 km per hour, rush of a jet airplane. Nearly like a small crater or dent.

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The large blue circle in the mosaic image marks the lander's impact site, while the portion of the lunar surface denotes with an S represents the debris identified by Shanmuga Subramanian, the Chennai-based techie who helped NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization locate impact location.

The Vikram lander cost around $140 million was created to study the craters of the moon, the craters which are believed to contain water deposits.

"The crash landing of Vikram rekindled an interest in the moon not only for me and others also", he told the press. With this impact like jet crash on lunar regolith, a very fine dust of 0.5 m to 5-6 m thick covering of lunar surface, I expected a great upheaval in the first impact site, spreading around 10m or more across.

Shortly thereafter, NASA not only confirmed Subramanian's findings, they formally credited him with the discovery.

Citing the unspent gas on the lander, Misra anticipated some gloomy patches of burnt signs on the lunar surface as the gas would per chance perchance possess spilt on impact and burnt for a whereas since both - gas and oxidizer - had been most fresh.

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