Photography Challenge


1969: Jodrell Bank Captures the Moon landing.

On 20 July 1969, the Apollo 11 Eagle lander module, carrying legendary astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, touched down on to the surface of the Moon. Six hours later, in the early hours of 21 July 1969, Armstrong became the first human to step foot on another celestial body, arguably one of humanity’s greatest achievements. Meanwhile, over 200,000 miles away on Earth, the historic mission was being monitored by a team of scientists at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, UK.

Led by Sir Bernard Lovell, the Jodrell Bank team used a range of telescopes to monitor signals from the Apollo 11 Eagle lander. Signals intercepted by the 50ft telescope (now the 42ft telescope) captured the moments when Neil Armstrong took manual control of the Eagle lander and when the Eagle lander module touched down on the surface.

2019: Take Part in #CaptureTheMoon!

50 years on from the historic Moon landing, we’re inviting you to celebrate the anniversary with us by taking part in our exciting new photography event, #CaptureTheMoon.

To join in, simply take a photograph of the Moon and share it with us on social media. Tag @JodrellBank, use the hashtag #CaptureTheMoon, and be sure to either use a location tag, or include the location of where the photo was taken in the text of your social media post.

From the full Moon on 17 June, through to 21 July, exactly 50 years since the Moon landing, we’ll monitor Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find your images before selecting a range of photos to display on our website and in a temporary exhibition at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

Explore the links below for tips on Moon photography and inspiration for your own photos, along with Moon facts, archive materials, and stories from Jodrell Bank….

Images: NASA (above, right), Anthony Holloway (above, left)

Were you at Jodrell Bank during the 1969 Moon landing?

Jodrell Bank has a long history of public engagement and we know that the team here welcomed visitors to the site during the Moon landing. If you were at Jodrell Bank at this time, perhaps as a member of staff, or a visitor, we’d love to capture your memories. If you have a story to share, please get in touch by contacting us on 01477 571766 or by e-mailing

#CaptureTheMoon is part of a year-round celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and forms part of our First Light at Jodrell Bank project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.