Many people already know that Purdue is “Astronaut University.” Twenty-three of its graduates took part in spaceflight missions, and Neil Armstrong is among its distinguished astronaut alumni. But there’s a lot more to know when it comes to Purdue graduates’ contributions to space exploration. Here are five interesting facts that aren’t widely known: 1. The moon landing wasn’t Neil Armstrong’s only pioneering achievement. In addition to being “one giant leap for mankind,” the moon landing was a culmination of sorts for Armstrong’s long, distinguished career in space exploration. The Purdue grad joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) —
The man former Purdue coach Danny Hope used to call "Superman" was busy trying to save the world Wednesday night. Ryan Kerrigan, the ex-Purdue standout, had a role in "Sharknado 3."
It was a thankless task, but someone had to do it. Someone had to take a stab at ranking each and every Big Ten league game—all 56--in 2015.
Former Ohio State guard Shannon Scott helped lead the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League championship on Monday. [ MORE: Get all of our coverage of Big Ten professionals ] Scott went for two points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in the Spurs’ 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns. In seven games in Las Vegas with San Antonio, Scott averaged 5.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals. Scott won the title, but one-and-done Indiana star Noah Vonleh highlighted ex-Big Ten stars in action, averaging 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in six games. Here’s
The 2015 college football awards watch lists are in - all 16 of them - and the Big Ten is well represented. All 14 Big Ten teams had at least one player on one of the lists, and 13 had multiple representatives.
The Big Ten doesn't just boast some of the top fan bases, stadiums and campuses in the nation. It's also home to some of the best college eateries. See our survey's pick for every school's top establishment.
From the Garden of Eden to strange black monoliths, human beings have long sought explanations of their origins. Purdue researchers recently made a breakthrough on a major piece of the human ancestry puzzle. Using a combination of radioisotopic dating and a gas-filled magnet detector, the team was able to accurately date a well-preserved skeleton of Australopithecus prometheus, an early forebear of modern-day Homo sapiens. A crew that included Purdue professors Mark Caffee and Darryl Granger and former postdoctoral researcher Ryan Gibbon determined the Australopithecus fossil, dubbed “Little Foot,” is about 3.67 million years old. That’s older than the estimated age
Happy World Emoji Day, Big Ten fans. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Yes, it’s a real thing. Just check out the #WorldEmojiDay hashstag, if you don’t believe us. To celebrate the day, we tweeted one video for every Big Ten team, either men’s basketball or football, with at least one emoji in the text of each tweet. We hope you enjoy the emojis – and the videos. Check ’em out below:
Which five personalities should represent your Big Ten school? Check out BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman's five picks for all 14 teams inside.
The Big Ten announced Thursday that Dave Revsine will serve as master of ceremonies for the 2015 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW, which will be held Friday, July 31, in Chicago.