Apollo 11 and Purdue
Purdue University graduate and Apollo 11 flight commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to step foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. It was a truly giant leap for mankind, and a seminal moment in human history.
Known as the “cradle of astronauts,” Purdue is proud to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a series of events designed to celebrate this landmark occasion and those who made it possible. We will honor the Apollo 11 anniversary as we recognize an anniversary of our own — 150 years as a land-grant university — by celebrating the giant leaps taken and footprints left by Boilermakers across the country, around the world and beyond.
Our calling is simple: Whatever your endeavor, take giant leaps.