Aldrin (crater)

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Aldrin crater AS11-37-5447.jpg
Apollo 11 image
Coordinates1°24′N 22°06′E / 1.4°N 22.1°E / 1.4; 22.1Coordinates: 1°24′N 22°06′E / 1.4°N 22.1°E / 1.4; 22.1
Diameter3.4 km
Depth0.6 km
Colongitude338° at sunrise
EponymBuzz Aldrin

Aldrin is a tiny impact crater located on the southern part of the Mare Tranquillitatis, to the east of Sabine. It is located about 50 kilometers to the northwest of the Apollo 11 landing site, Tranquility Base. Named after Buzz Aldrin,[1] the crater is the westernmost of a row of three craters named in honor of the Apollo 11 crew members. About 30 kilometers to the east is the landing site of the Surveyor 5 lunar probe.

This crater was previously identified as Sabine B before being named by the IAU.[2] Sabine itself is to the west of Aldrin.

Annotated oblique view from Apollo 16 showing the vicinity of the Apollo 11 landing site (A11) with the craters Aldrin (Al), Collins (C), Armstrong (Ar), and Moltke (M), facing north.

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  1. ^ "Aldrin". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  2. ^ McElheny, Victor K. (August 15, 1970). "Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins on Moon again–as Names". The Boston Globe. Boston, Massachusetts. p. 16 – via