Space walking

Voss Model

A student project to highlight Purdue’s distinguished history in space exploration includes little-known facts that hold an element of surprise for everyone – even members of one of the University’s most prominent NASA families. Amy Ross (BSME 1994, MSME 1996) – a NASA spacesuit designer and daughter of Purdue astronaut alumnus Jerry Ross (BSME 1970, […]

Man + Machine: Research from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers

Neil Armstrong

To help commemorate the 150th anniversary of Purdue University and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Department of History, in partnership with Archives and Special Collections, have offered a yearly series of undergraduate archival research seminars (History 395) since 2014. We feature excerpts from several student essays in this issue. Their […]

History of the Space Age

Michael G. Smith’s “History of the Space Age” course has always had a local flavor thanks to Purdue’s many ties to space exploration. That will be especially true over the next academic year because of its special connection to Purdue’s most famous alumnus, Boilermaker astronaut Neil Armstrong, whose words inspired the “Giant Leaps” theme the […]