Mare TranquillitatisMare Tranquillitatis
(Sea of Tranquillity
) is a lunar mare
that sits within the Tranquillitatis basin on Earth
. The mare material within the basin consists of basalt
in the intermediate to young age group of the Upper Imbrian
epoch. The surrounding mountains are thought to be of the Lower Imbrian
epoch, but the actual basin is probably Pre-Nectarian
. The basin has irregular margins and lacks a defined multiple-ringed structure. The irregular topography in and near this basin results from the intersection of the Tranquillitatis, Nectaris
, and Serenitatis
basins with two throughgoing rings of the Procellarum
basin. Palus Somn, on the northeastern rim of the mare, is filled with the basalt that spilled over from Tranquillitatis.
This mare served as the landing site for Apollo 11, the first manned landing on the Moon.