Celebrate the Apollo 11 Moon landing at Woolsthorpe

Astronaut Edwin Aldrin on the Moon's surface with the American flag

The Eagle has landed...........50 years ago, mankind achieved a seemingly impossible feat when the Apollo 11 Lunar Module landed on the Moon. An estimated 530 million people watched Armstrong’s televised image and heard his voice state “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.

It was the culmination of years of preparation in one moment. A moment rooted in the early beginnings of the Space Race, at the end of World War II.

Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Centre on 16 July 1969, carrying Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz Aldrin” on top of a Saturn V rocket. 

On 20 July 1969, four days later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon.

Having landed safely in the Sea of Tranquility, the focus turned to the surface phase.  The astronauts were on the lunar surface for 1½ hours, engaging in scientific experiments, taking samples and even speaking to US President Richard Nixon.

The Lunar Module left the Moon just over 21 hrs after the landing, as the astronauts had some sleep while they were there. Imagine waking up as a man on the Moon!

Join us to mark the momentous occasion.

Across the site you'll find the story of how Newtonian physics was vital to the Apollo missions.  The three Laws of Motion and the Law of Universal Gravitation, which he developed here at Woolsthorpe Manor during his "Year of Wonders", were relevant in 1969 and still are today. 

Without these physical laws, it would have been impossible for NASA to calculate the "free return trajectory" that was used to fly them to the Moon and (to quote US President John F. Kennedy) "return them safely to the Earth".

Take a #SpaceSelfie with Buzz Aldrin!
Life size cut out of Buzz Aldrin on the moon (in the Manor)
Take a #SpaceSelfie with Buzz Aldrin!

Check out the series of events for space enthusiasts of all ages.  Full details are available in our What’s On section.

Apollo 11 & Newtonian physics – Hayloft
1 July – 1 Oct
Visit the Hayloft in the Manor to watch the Apollo 11 mission launch and Lunar Module landing.  Understand the role of Newtonian physics and use of calculus in the Apollo missions. Walk in the footsteps of Buzz Aldrin and take a #SpaceSelfie with him!

Global Rocket Launch 
Tues 16 July 11am – 3pm. All £1. Normal admission applies.
Join Space Camp’s global celebration and help launch rockets on the 50th anniversary of lift-off from Cape Kennedy. Join in the fun, take a picture and hashtag #GlobalRocketLaunch #Apollo50 @NTWoolsthorpe @RocketCenterUSA.

Space Race Family Rocket Workshops
Wed 17 July 11am-1pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm. Child £2. Normal admission applies.
Experience Newtonian physics in action as you shoot rockets into the sky. Join in the Space Race and design, build and test rockets of different types. Test which one works best; standard paper rockets, water rockets or film canister rockets? Which are your favourite?

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Talk
Friday 19 Jul 6pm-8pm. Booking essential.  Adult £8.
Discover more about the momentous moon landing on the eve of the 50th Anniversary.
Dr Nigel Bannister, Senior Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester gives insight into the Apollo 11 mission and moon landing.

Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Saturday 20 Jul 11am - 3pm. Free. Normal admission applies.
Watch the Apollo 11 mission launch and Lunar Module landing in the Hayloft. Understand the role of Newtonian physics and use of calculus in the Apollo missions.Then walk in the footsteps of Buzz Aldrin and take a #SpaceSelfie with him! Look out for the pop-up science or join in one of our Moon 50 Family Shows. See information below.

Destination Space: Moon 50 Family Show
Saturday 20 Jul 11.30am - 12.30pm, 2pm - 3pm. £2 per child. Normal admission applies.
The interactive Moon 50 Show aims to answer some of the big questions. How did they get to the Moon? What did they find there? What does the Moon smells like? Then get to grips with the challenges the astronauts faced when working on the Moon.
Show is due to last between 45 and 60 minutes. Limited places. Book on arrival

Space Race Trail
Sat 13 July - Tues 2 Sept.  Free event. Normal admission applies.
Explore the rivalry of the Space Race at the home of Isaac Newton and the world famous gravity-inspiring tree.

The Lunar module ascending from the Moon's surface
Apollo 11 Lunar Module in acsent stage with the Moon and Earthrise in the background.
The Lunar module ascending from the Moon's surface