NASA India moon lander, NASA confirms debris found by amateur astronomer.

A dark, prickly, haloed bloom is tattooed on a distant field of pock-marked desolation: the silent portrait of a thwarted dream.

This arresting Nasa image, released on December 3, shows the precise spot on the Moon’s surface where Vikram, the lander deployed in India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission, hard-landed in early September.

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Vikram went incommunicado shortly before its scheduled touchdown near the lunar south pole. A tense nation watched as the Isro control room’s mood of cheerful anticipation evaporated. The prime minister was on hand to offer words of comfort.

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“Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement,” Nasa said in a statement describing the new images of the Vikram impact site.

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