The discovery came with the help of an Indian mechanical engineer called Shanmuga Subramanian, who contacted NASA after studying images of the site released by the agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team on September 26.
DMK president MK Stalin on Tuesday lauded a city-based techie who helped USA space agency NASA to trace Chandrayaan-2's crashed Lander Vikram on the Moon's surface.
On Monday, the agency released an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that showed the site of the spacecraft's impact and its associated debris field.
Shanmuga Subramanian, the techie who spotted Vikram's debris on the lunar surface.
An engineering graduate from the Government Engineering College, Tirunelveli, Shanmuga has been working as an IT engineer for 12 years. Three out of the top five trending topics on Twitter in India on Tuesday related to the discovery of the lander.More news: Playing the Sound of a Healthy Reef Could Help Save Corals
Subramanian said there was burgeoning community of science enthusiasts online but efforts are needed to institutionalise it: " I would suggest Students and others to help out NASA, ISRO and other space organizations by building a good database of LRO images with features like comparison etc., now we have to compare it manually. wish someone can do more on that". "I narrowed my search to 2 square kilometres".
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is yet to share their comments on the image publicly.
"Is This Vikram Lander?".
In the two weeks after the crash, ISRO failed to regain contact with the lander before the lunar night plunged surface temperatures to -180 degrees Celsius (-292 degrees Fahrenheit).
To be certain, NASA also contacted ISRO and shared the findings before making the announcement.
But two image sequences taken on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.More news: Resident Evil 3 Remake LEAKS: Nemesis for PS4 appears on PlayStation Store
Subramaniam was first person to come up with a positive identification. "I did send a tweet to NASA and ISRO". I'll note that their Mars Orbiter Mission was their first attempt to go to and orbit the Red Planet, and they made it in one go, the first country ever to achieve that (Mars is notoriously hard to send probes to, and both the USSR and U.S. had many failed attempts before success).
For the past few months, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling the Moon with mission control keeping an eye out for India's lost lander. "Now, I can go to office and tease them back", he said jokingly. The debris was confirmed by comparing before and after images of the site, NASA said.
LRO Project Scientist Noah Petro, to whom Subramanian emailed his finding, told IANS: "The story of this really fantastic individual (who) found it, helped us find it, is really awesome".
"I did not use any tools to locate debris of Vikram Lander": Shanmuga Subramanian, Chennai based Mechanical engineer.
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