Beginner Astronomer Finds the Crash Site of India’s Moon Lander

Who says that an Asian country cannot come with its own ideas of space exploration? While some people believe that only NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX can explore space, India proved that it also could be involved in this field. The Asian country sent a gadget to our natural satellite, and now its traces had been discovered.

The lander is called Vikram, and it crashed back in September on the Moon’s surface.

Amateur astronomer found the remnants

An astronomical discovery is even more interesting when it comes from an amateur. This was also the case for the crash site of the Vikram lander. An amateur astronomer named Shanmuga Subramanian made the discovery, who is also a software engineer in Chennai, India. He even found Vikram’s remains in a moment when he didn’t expect to find such a sighting. He was only searching for satellite images.

No successful touchdown

Unfortunately, the Vikram lander didn’t manage to complete its Chandrayaan-2 mission. If it did, that would have made India becoming the fourth country to land a lunar spacecraft intact, after the United States, Russia and China. And it would have been the first country to do so on the moon’s south pole.

Subramanian wrote:

The crash landing of Vikram rekindled an interest in the moon not only for me and others also,

I think even if Vikram had landed and sent some images, we would have never had such interest. For the first few days I was scanning the images randomly and there were lot of false positives.

The guys from NASA started to increase their search as soon as they confirmed Subramanian’s finding by comparing pictures from the crash site.

NASA released the new images at the beginning of the current week, but after it gave credit to Subramanian for making possible a “positive identification of debris.”

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