NASA's LRO camera detects the remains of Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram on the surface of the Moon

BENGALURU: The analysis of the images taken by NASA's Lunar Recognition Orbiter (LRO) Camera, launched at the beginning of December 3 (IST), for the first time, has indicated the remains of Vikram, the landing module that landed on the moon on September 7.

In a statement, NASA said: Vikram lander found. An image of the Moon with blue and green dots shows the impact point of Vikram and an associated debris field.

Green dots indicate remnants of spaceships (confirmed or probable). The blue dots locate the altered ground, probably where small pieces of the spaceship stirred the regolith.

While NASA's statement does not detail Subramanian's identity, he says he had contacted the LRO project with a positive identification of the debris.

... After receiving this advice, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images, the statement said.

The LRO Camera team launched the first mosaic (acquired September 17) from the site on September 26 and many people, including Subramanian, have downloaded the mosaic to look for signs of Vikram.

When the images were acquired for the first mosaic, the impact point was poorly lit and, therefore, was not easily identifiable. Two subsequent image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15 and on November 11.

The LROC team toured the surrounding area in these new mosaics and found the impact site (70.8810 ° S, 22.7840 ° E, 834 m elevation) and the associated debris field. The November mosaic had the best pixel scale (0.7 meters) and lighting conditions (72 ° incidence angle), the statement said.

The rubble located for the first time by Shanmuga is about 750 meters northwest of the main accident site and was an identification of bright pixels in that first mosaic (1.3 meter pixels, 84 ° incidence angle).

The November mosaic best shows the impact crater, the lightning and the extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each approximately 2x2 pixels and cast a shadow of a pixel.