Shan an Chennai Engineer helped NASA to spot Vikram Lander Debris

On Monday, NASA made an official announcement by releasing an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in which the site of the spacecraft's impact was visible.

Shan an Chennai Engineer helped NASA to spot Vikram Lander Debris
Shan an Chennai Engineer helped NASA to spot Vikram Lander Debris.

On September NASA launched India's Vikram lunar lander, which crashed on its final approach to the Moon's surface, has been found thanks in part to the sleuthing efforts of an amateur space enthusiast.

On Monday, NASA made an official announcement by releasing an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in which the site of the spacecraft's impact was visible. 

Meanwhile, a version of the picture was highlighted to show the associated debris field, with parts scattered over almost two dozen locations spanning several kilometers.

NASA in their official statement has said that it released a mosaic image of the site on September 26 (but taken on September 17), invited the public to compare the pictures which were the before and after of the crash to find signs of the lander.

However, the first person who came forward with a positive identification was Shanmuga Shan Subramanian, who is an IT professional from Chennai, who told AFP that NASA's incapability to find the lander on its own had given birth to his interest.

According to reports he was quoted, ' I had side-by-side comparison of those two images on two of my laptops... on one side there was the old image, and other side there was the new image released by NASA. It was quite hard, but (I) spent some effort.' 

However, According to reports the main spacecraft, which remains in orbit around the Moon, dropped the unmanned lander Vikram for a descent that would take five days, but the probe went silent just 2.1 kilometers above the surface.

After which few days later of the failed landing, the Indian Space Research Organization said it had located the lander, but hadn't been able to establish communication.