16 May 1959: Jodrell Bank Experimental Station bounces messages off moon to US in what is seen as a great step forward in world communications
A great step forward in world communications – including television and radio-telephony – may result from the success of experiments at Jodrell Bank.
Radio signals transmitted from Jodrell Bank have been bounced off the moon and picked up by receivers at the United States Air Force research centre at Cambridge in Massachusetts. This was announced yesterday in a statement from Jodrell Bank and by the Pye Organisation, of Cambridge in England, which manufactured some of the equipment used at Jodrell Bank. The first message transmitted was in morse code and read: