Purdue Commemorates Late Astronaut Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong's alma mater, a school which has graduated many astronauts, honored his memory Monday.

Neil Armstrong statue

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About a decade and a half after leaving Purdue, Neil Armstrong was using his engineering degree on the moon.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong is being remembered Monday night for humility and his legendary walk on the moon.

Armstrong died Saturday at the age of 82, and Purdue University is holding a memorial service for him outside of the Hall of Engineering named after the famed astronaut.

Former NASA astronaut Greg Harbaugh is among those gathered there. He says that Armstrong influenced his decision to study aeronautical engineering at Purdue.

“He just carried himself with dignity and class and humility,” Harbaugh says. “And really exemplified the sort of demeanor and attitude and behavior that I think everybody who has gone into the astronaut career subsequent to him has sought to emulate.”

In a statement released Saturday, the family of Neil Armstrong issued what they called a simple request. “Honor his example,” they wrote, “of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

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