A mechanical engineer from Chennai, Shanmuga Subramanian, who spotted debris of the Chandrayaan 2 lander in images from NASA in 2019, has now sent a round of emails to the Indian Space Research Organisation, NASA and the media, claiming that the rover likely survived the hard landing.

Subramanian claims that the Pragyan rover left tracks, suggesting that it moved at least a few meters away from the Vikram lander after the landing, as per his email and a Twitter thread sharing his theory.

In images from the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s (LRO) overhead pass of the Chandrayaan 2 lander’s suspected crash site, Subramanian had spotted the debris of the Vikram lander.

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