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Astronaut Application and Preflight Assignments , 1962 - 1963

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5, Series 1, Sub-Series 2

Scope and Contents

The astronaut application, orientation, and training materials document Neil Armstrong's transition from being a research test pilot to a member of the "New Nine" group of astronauts recruited for the upcoming Gemini program. The sub-series included Armstrong's application to NASA's astronaut program, as well as the associated correspondence and correspondence related to his last days as a research test pilot. In addition to the application materials, documents concerning the initial orientation and training regimen undertaken by astronauts entering NASA's space-flight program can be found. These materials include schedules and actual coursework completed in October and November of 1962, prior to Armstrong'’s flight assignments.


  • 1962 - 1963

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection material is primarily in English. Russian is also present.

Access Information

Collection is open for scholarly research. A 48 hours notice and consultation with the Flight Archivist is required to access the collection.  Portions of the collection are restricted per donor restrictions and third party privacy.


0.727 Cubic Feet (Two letter-size full-width manuscript boxes)


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States