NASA released an image taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The picture shows the site of a spacecraft that had fallen. Reported by Arabnews, India’s Vikram spacecraft experienced a failure in its last approach to the surface of the Moon in September. Finally, the plane can be found thanks to the efforts of amateur space enthusiasts.
NASA made the announcement on Monday, releasing images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that showed the location of the spacecraft’s impact (September 7 in India and September 6 in the US).
This version of the image is marked to show the associated debris field, with portions spread over nearly two dozen locations that span several kilometers.
In a statement, NASA said it had released mosaic images from the site on September 26. The space agency invited the public to compare it with pictures from the same area before the accident to find signs of the lander.
The first person to find positive identification was Shanmuga “Shan” Subramanian, a 33-year-old IT professional from Chennai. NASA’s inability to find landers has sparked interest.
“I have a side-by-side comparison between two images on my two laptops … on one side there is an old picture, and on the other side there is a new picture released by NASA,” he said, adding he was helped by fellow Twitter users and Reddit.
“It was quite difficult, but (I) spent several attempts,” he said.
NASA then made additional searches in the area and officially announced the findings almost two months later.