Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility)
00.67408 °N latitude, 23.47297 °E longitude
the first lunar landing, Mare Tranquilitatis was the site chosen
because it is a relatively smooth and level area. It does, however,
have a high density of craters and in the last seconds before
landing, the LM had to be manually piloted by Neil Armstrong to
avoid a sharp-rimmed ray crater measuring some 180 meters across
and 30 meters deep known as West. The LM landed safely some 6
km from the originally intended landing site.
Apollo 11 LM landed approximately 400 meters west of West crater
and 20km south-southwest of the crater Sabine D in the southwestern
part of Mare Tranquilitatis. The
lunar surface at the landing site consisted of fragmental debris
ranging in size from fine particles to blocks about 0.8 meter
The landing site
is 41.5 km north-northeast of the western promontory of the Kant
Plateau, which is the nearest highland region. The Surveyor 5
spacecraft is approximately 25 km north-northwest of the Apollo
11 landing site, and the impact crater formed by Ranger 8 is 69
km northeast of the landing site.
From Apollo 11 Preliminary Science Report.
See also: Apollo Landing Sites
Apollo 11 Landing Site 40 Years Later:
Images captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) between July 11 and 15, 2009 show high-resolution views of the Apollo landing sites. Below is the Apollo 11 landing site with the descent stage of the Lunar Module and its shadow indicated by the arrow.
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University
Apollo Landing Sites Map
See also: Google Moon
Apollo 11 Landing Site
AS11-37-5447 - This vertical
view above the landing site was taken from the LM. The CSM is
visible right of center.
Diagram based on the Apollo
11, 12, and 14 Traverses map prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey
and published by the Defense Mapping Agency for NASA.