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An exhibition at Neil Armstrong's alma mater is offering the public a new look at the student and man who became the first moonwalker.
"Apollo in the Archives: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers" opened on Monday (March 18) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The exhibit, which is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Armstrong's Apollo 11 moon landing in July, showcases select documents and objects from the school's research holdings.
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"This exhibition offers the public an opportunity to get to know Armstrong and the steps leading up to the Apollo 11 mission through access to Armstrong's papers," said curator Tracy Grimm, the associate head of Purdue Archives and Special Collections and the Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration, in a statement.
Armstrong selected Purdue to house and curate his personal documents in 2008, with the understanding that the university would use his papers to inspire a new generation of students. Four years later, after Armstrong died at the age of 82, his widow kept with her late husband's desires and greatly expanded the donation.
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"After Neil passed away in 2012, by far the bulk of the collection came as a result of his widow contacting us," said Sammie Morris, a professor and the head of Purdue Archives and Special Collections. "We only had at that time maybe eight boxes and now we have about 400. And that is because after he passed away, Carol called our dean of libraries and said, 'I'm worried about all this stuff he had in the house and in the garage. Would you send someone out to look at it and take what you want?' And that is an archivist's dream."
Returning to his alma mater to receive an honorary doctorate in January 1970, Neil Armstrong presents Purdue University president Frederick...
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