NASA finds debris of Vikram Lander

Debris of Vikram Lander spotted by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

New Delhi (NVI): The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s lunar orbiter has found the debris of Vikram Lander, which had crash landed on the moon surface.

Giving this information NASA tweeted, “The #Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander has been found by our @NASAMoon mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. See the first mosaic of the impact site”.

Releasing the pictures, NASA said the “green dot” indicated the spacecraft debris and the “blue dots” showed the “disturbed” soil,  likely where small bits of the spacecraft churned up the regolith”.

The NASA has credited one Shanmuga Subramanian for identifying the debris. It said, “Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with a positive identification of debris. After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images”.

The ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 mission on September 7 suffered a setback when the Vikram Lander lost communication with the ground stations while attempting a soft-landing on the moon’s surface.