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Collins (crater)

Coordinates: 1°18′N 23°42′E / 1.3°N 23.7°E / 1.3; 23.7
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Coordinates1°18′N 23°42′E / 1.3°N 23.7°E / 1.3; 23.7
Diameter2.4 km
Depth0.6 km
Colongitude336° at sunrise
EponymMichael Collins
Oblique view of Collins crater from Apollo 10

Collins is a tiny lunar impact crater located on the southern part of the Mare Tranquillitatis. It is located about 25 kilometers to the north of the Apollo 11 landing site, Tranquility Base. Named after American astronaut Michael Collins,[1] the crater is the central member of the row of three craters named in honor of the Apollo 11 crew members. About 15 kilometers to the west-northwest is the landing site of the Surveyor 5 lunar probe.

This crater was previously identified as Sabine D before being renamed by the IAU.[2] Sabine itself is to the west of Collins.

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. ^ "Collins (crater)". 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 Newspapers.com.