Chennai: For over two months scientists at NASA and ISRO has been searching for the Vikram Moon lander since it disappeared on September 7, but it was a techie from Chennai who was finally able to find it. Shanmuga Subramanian (Shan), a mechanical and computer engineer from Chennai found Vikram Moon lander debris on the lunar surface.
Shamuga works as a technical architect at engineering company Lennox India Technology Centre in Chennai. On September 26, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) released the first set of pictures of the Vikram lander contact site.
Shamuga contacted the LRO project with positive identification of debris. After this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing the before and after images. Shan said that the crash landing of Vikram ignited an interest in the moon, for not only him but also for others. He had several false positives for the first few days as he was scanning for the images randomly.