Learn about the proud history of space exploration and modern-day innovations at Purdue, the Cradle of Astronauts™
Since completing astronaut training in 2020, Loral O’Hara has been waiting for her flight to space. It’s finally coming.Read More
Though setbacks could have deterred her, Bandla persisted and achieved her dream of going into space Sirisha Bandla’s earliest childhood memories involve lying on the roof of her family’s home in India and staring at the night sky. “In India, your power would come in for hours at a time and then shut off. And when …Read More
By performing vital engineering work during Blue Origin’s New Shepard flight, Audrey Powers qualified as Purdue’s third commercial astronaut and 27th member of the Cradle of Astronauts.Read More
Purdue’s 27 astronaut alumni include Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, the first and most recent humans to walk on the moon, as well as:
- Gus Grissom: Second American in space and participant in first U.S. two-person spaceflight
- Janice Voss: Set record for female astronauts with five spaceflights
- Jerry Ross: Participant in seven NASA missions and nine spacewalks
- Beth Moses: First female commercial astronaut
- Loren Shriver: Commanded Space Shuttle to record altitude (380 miles) to deploy Hubble Space Telescope
- Drew Feustel: Third-most hours spent spacewalking (61 hours, 48 minutes)
Boilermakers explore ‘Mars’ on Earth
The Mars Desert Research Station has been “Mars” on Earth for Purdue researchers since the first all-Boilermaker mission launched in 2017.
Podcast Ep. 98: Greatest Hits of 2023: Celebrating Purdue Research Solving the World’s Toughest Challenges
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re celebrating Boilermakers who provide practical solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. Part 2 of our “Greatest Hits of 2023” shines a light on the incredible research advancements from Purdue Boilermakers as we …
Purdue University is the Cradle of Astronauts™
Explore space with Boilermakers past and present. When it comes to space exploration, Purdue University stands out — 27 astronauts strong. Neil Armstrong (BS aeronautical engineering ’55) was the first person to walk on the #moon. Eugene Cernan (BS electrical …
Presidential Lecture Series: Beth Moses
Commercial space pioneer Beth Moses, who has successfully completed six spaceflights for Virgin Galactic and serves as its chief astronaut instructor, joined Purdue President Mung Chiang for a conversation as part of the Presidential Lecture Series. The public event, titled …
How Purdue astronaut Loral O’Hara fulfilled her childhood space dreams
Since completing astronaut training in 2020, Loral O’Hara has been waiting for her flight to space. It’s finally coming.
Podcast Ep. 89: Purdue Research Series | A Look Into NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and Boilermaker Ties to Space With Danny Milisavljevic
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Danny Milisavljevic, associate professor of physics and astronomy in Purdue University’s College of Science. This marks the third episode in our Purdue Research Series, which shares how Purdue provides practical …
Life on Mars: Purdue students at MDRS
Humankind hasn’t yet journeyed to Mars — but we have been to Hanksville, Utah. It’s kind of the same thing.
Purdue scientists and engineers push the boundaries of space knowledge, studying the stars, the solar system and beyond
Scientists and engineers at Purdue University focus on a future in the stars, with research stretching from what moondust can tell us about the history of the solar system to future exploration priorities on Mars and beyond.
Eugene Cernan: Purdue astronaut, NASA pioneer
Eugene Cernan could make his otherworldly accomplishments seem accessible to the mortals who had never ventured beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.