Photography Challenge


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.

Take Part in #CaptureTheMoon!

Over 50 years on from the historic Moon landing, we’re inviting you to take part in our photography challenge, #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.

We’ll monitor Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find your images before selecting a range of photos to display here on our website.

Explore the links below for tips on Moon photography and inspiration for your own photos, along with some family activities, and stories from Jodrell Bank….

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


#CaptureTheMoon was first launched in 2019 as part of a year-round celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. It formed part of our First Light at Jodrell Bank project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.