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NASA satellite finds crashed Indian Moon lander

A NASA satellite orbiting the Moon has found India s Vikram lander which crashed on the lunar surface in September, the US space agency has said. NASA released an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that showed the site of the spacecraft s impact (September 6 in India and September 7 in the US) and associated debris field, with parts scattered over almost two dozen locations spanning several kilometers. In a statement, NASA said it released a mosaic image of the site on September 26, inviting the public to search it for signs of the lander. It added that a person named Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with a positive identification of debris -- with the first piece found about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site. Blasting off in July, emerging Asian giant India had hoped with its Chandrayaan-2 ( Moon Vehicle 2 ) mission to become just the fourth country after the United States, Russia and regional rival China to make a successful Moon landing, ..

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