Rejecting NASA’s claims of locating the debris of the crashed Vikram Lander on the lunar surface, ISRO chief K Sivan said the Indian Space Research Organisation had located it long back. “Our own orbiter had located Vikram Lander, we had already declared that on our website, you can go back and see,” ISRO chief said. On Tuesday, NASA had released some images showing the crashed site of Vikram lander’s impact and had acknowledged the role of a Chennai-based mechanical engineer and app developer in locating the site of the debris.
According to the announcement by NASA and the Arizona State University, the site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own, scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC).
The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.