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BTN LiveBIG: 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Purdue Astronauts

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) —