Credit: Shanmuga Subramanian via Twitter


A recent claim that India’s Pragyan Rover may have survived the crash of the Vikram Moon lander in September 2019 appears not to be the case.

Shanmuga Subramanian, an IT developer, suggested that the rover may have moved at least a few meters away from the Vikram lander after the failed landing.

India’s lunar lander impact point is near center of image and stands out due to the dark rays and bright outer halo. Note the dark streak and debris about 100 meters to the south, south east of the impact point. Diagonal straight lines are uncorrected background artifacts.
Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

To his credit, the eagle-eyed Subramanian received bonus points by NASA and others for first spotting the Vikram lander debris on the Moon.

Pre-launch photo shows India’s Pragyan rover mounted on the ramp projecting from out of the sides of Vikram lunar lander.
These Chandrayaan-2 vehicles crashed near the Moon’s south polar region.
Credit: ISRO

In a recent tweet, Subramanian displayed an image (seemingly using wrongly pointed arrows to indicate this prospect) that he thought might show the rover and its tracks across the lunar landscape.

Meanwhile, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team has reviewed recent imagery of the Chandrayaan-2 lander site.



Their determination, in a message to Inside Outer Space: “There has been no new movement in objects identified as debris from the lander,” reports Mark Robinson, the principal investigator for the NASA LROC at Arizona State University in Tempe.

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