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October 17, 2007

Apollo capsule makes a journey to new space

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Workers move a full-scale replica of the Apollo 1 command module into place inside the atrium of Purdue's Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering on Wednesday (Oct. 17). The capsule, on loan from the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kan., will be on display during the hall's official dedication on Oct. 27. In 1967 two of the Apollo 1 astronauts, Purdue graduates Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Roger Chaffee, died in a fire during a launch pad training exercise in the capsule. Construction is complete on Purdue's $53.2 million Neil Armstrong Hall. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, will be honored with a series of events, including the dedication of the new building at his alma mater, on Oct. 26-Oct. 27. A bronze sculpture of Armstrong as a college student will be unveiled on Oct. 26. Leading away from the statue are moon boot impressions reminiscent of Armstrong's historic lunar excursion. (Purdue News Service photo/David Umberger)

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