What happens when you are trapped alone on a foreign planet? Mark Watney, a botanist and astronaut in this week's book The Martian, unfortunately has to figure that out for himself. In a series of journal entries about his lonesome experience, we learn to love Watney's mixture of brains and brawn as he (sometimes humorously) struggles to survive. Andy Weir's novel is also now a well-received film that was released in theaters earlier this month. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Purdue planning astronaut reunion

Mar 17, 2014

Purdue will host a group of its NASA astronaut alumni for a reunion next month that will culminate with a public forum.

The unviersity has had 23 graduates become astronauts, including the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and Eugene Cernan, the most recent man to walk on the moon.

Eight of the astronauts, including Cernan, are expected to attend the forum, "A Conversation with Our Astronauts," on April 12th at 7 p.m. in Elliott Hall of Music.

The forum is free, but those attending will need tickets.

Purdue Space Day features astronaut alumnus

Oct 25, 2013
Purdue University

A Purdue graduate and former NASA astronaut says students interested in a space career have to be technically literate.

Roy Bridges piloted the space shuttle Challenger in 1985 on what was called the Space Lab Two mission. He says, as pilot, knowing what to do and when to do it is a matter of life and death.

Astronaut David Wolf on NASA, research and Purdue

Nov 26, 2012

It’s been nearly a year and a half since NASA ended the Space Shuttle program. The craft was the most visible symbol of the administration for those not old enough to remember the moon landings. Now, officials are trying to capture the attention of young explorers and scientists in other ways.

Astronaut and Purdue alumnus Dr. David Wolf says one example is highlighting the research conducted on the International Space Station.