Purdue in Space

Cradle of Astronauts

Purdue University is called the “cradle of astronauts” for good reason. Twenty-four Purdue graduates have been selected for space travel, including the first and most recent astronauts to walk on the moon.

Purdue alumni have flown on more than one-third of all manned U.S. flights. More than 47 space flights have had Purdue alumni on board.

But the astronauts are not the only Purdue link to outer space — many Purdue professors and their students have been actively involved in research that furthers our reach in space while improving lives on Earth.

We continue to look to the future of space exploration with a sense of excitement — at the same time we celebrate the past and the crucial role Purdue and its alumni have played.

Purdue grad among 12 announced as NASA’s newest astronauts

Purdue’s “Cradle of Astronauts” added another name to its list with NASA’s announcement of the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class.

Loral O’Hara of Sugar Land, Texas, and a 2009 Purdue graduate, was one of 12 people announced during ceremonies Wednesday (June 7) afternoon at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

"No institution has contributed more to our nation’s human spaceflight program than Purdue. And our university stands ready to prepare and inspire the next generation of space explorers." — Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., President of Purdue University

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