The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with help from a Chennai engineer Shanmuga Subramanian, located the impact site of the Indian Vikram Lander on Tuesday.
The Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) had lost contact with the lander following its launch from Chandrayaan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make soft-landing near the moon's south pole. It robbed India the chance of becoming the fourth nation after the United States, Russia, and China to achieve a soft landing on the moon.
NASA in a statement credited the Indian engineer and said, "the debris first located by Shanmuga Subramanian about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site and was a single bright pixel identification in that first mosaic".
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), had earlier congratulated the ISRO for the successful launch of the Chandrayaan 2. “Congratulations @isro. Watching #Chandrayan2 take off was a fantastic sight! P.S. We have a special request for you, on behalf of our batsmen," RCB tweeted.
They then added to that tweet with a request for NASA to help them locate the balls hit by their star batsmen Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers during the IPL matches, much to the amusement of many. RCB tweeted, “Could the #NASA team that found #VikramLander also help us find the cricket balls hit by ABD & Virat ?????”
Shanmuga Subramanian, a 33-year-old IT professional, whose Twitter bio now reads, "I found Vikram Lander!" told NDTV, "I did send a tweet to NASA and ISRO. I sent emails to a couple of NASA scientists. They were in charge of the LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) images. I got a good response from them".