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Mission Decals, Patches and Artifacts, 1985-1994

 File — Box: 2
Identifier: Box 2
The Purdue University Astronauts collection (1965-2003; 0.9 cubic feet) consists of items relating to Purdue’s alumni astronauts that had been collected by various donors before the advent of the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives.

Included are newspaper clippings, Purdue University News Service press releases that had been written in regards to Neil A. Armstrong and Apollo 11, and various newspapers with Apollo 11 headlines and related clippings, Purdue University related publications featuring Purdue alumni astronaut stories; Purdue Alumnus, purdue Engineer and a program from the Purdue Engineering Astronaut Alumnus Award Convocation, held September 29, 1989.

Also of note are Space Shuttle mission decals, patches and a Challenger commemorative coin. Among the artifacts is a replica of a mechanical toy, “Rat Stuff,” which was among the first 10 mechanical toys to be a part of a shuttle experiment on STS-54, which Purdue alums Gregory Harbaugh and John Casper were crew members, http://ms.spacegrant.org/uploads/images/Education/Conferences/NASA%20s%20Toy%20Box/toys.in.space.pdf

Types of materials include: artifacts, clippings, press releases, publications and a few miscellaneous items.

Dates

  • 1985-1994

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Extent

0.9 Cubic Feet (2 mss boxes)

Overview

This legacy collection features items related to Purdue University’s alumni astronauts. The various items were collected before the advent of the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives. Included are clippings, Purdue University News Service press releases relating to Apollo 11 and Neil A. Armstrong and various Apollo 11 related newspapers and clippings. Also included are Purdue publications and shuttle mission decals, patches and a replica of a mechanical toy that was involved in a shuttle (STS-54) mission experiment.

Biographical / Historical

Purdue has been called the "cradle of astronauts" for good reason. Twenty-three Purdue graduates have been selected for space travel, including the first and last astronauts to walk on the moon, and two of the six American astronauts who have served on board Mir, the Russian space station. Purdue alumni have flown on about 37 percent of all human U.S. space flights. More than 40 space shuttle flights have had Purdue alumni on board. Many other Purdue graduates work for NASA and in the space industry. For more information related to Purdue’s alumni astronauts, see: http://www.purdue.edu/space/astronauts.html

Source:

Purdue University. “Our Role in the History of Spaceflight.” 2010. Web. 29 August 2014.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States
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