S. Somanath, director of ISRO's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, said during an October 21 interview at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington that ISRO was holding off on making a formal announcement about the lander's fate until engineers completed simulations of what happened to it after contact was cut off.
Now, it seems even NASA has spotted the lost lander.
Elated with the discovery, Nasa on December 2 tweeted: "The Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander has been found by our NasaMoon mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter".More news: Conor McGregor Gunning For Jorge Masvidal’s "BMF" Title
Asked if he would shift to a field related to space technology, Mr Subramanian, an application developer by profession, said he would continue to pursue his passion only "outside of my work".
Singh emphasized that despite the problems with the Vikram lander, the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter was working well, and should be able to operate for seven years. "We keep the rover alive through transit and landing so it can go do its job".
Subramanian said he began searching for the debris after NASA released a mosaic image of the area in late September, inviting the public to find signs of the lander. Shanmuga Subramanian, a 33-year-old IT profession, came up with the first positive identification. Follow-up images taken in mid-October and again November 11 identified the impact site, about 750 meters away from that initial piece of debris, as well as other debris.
As we've recently told you, NASA has plans to send one rover to the moon.
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"LRO's data is a treasure trove".
However, NASA was helped in this endeavour by a young amateur space enthusiast from India.
"I used only a laptop and searched all the images."
Nasa, which has been closely following the mission, as also several global agencies, collaborated in the Isro search for clues about the lander's whereabouts. He spent hours every day looking over imagery of the area.
"Congratulations for what I am sure was a lot of time and effort on your part". Vikram attempted landing on a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters before losing communication with ISRO.More news: Dell Mobile Connect adds iOS file transfers and app mirroring