Purdue Asks Public to Share Their Neil Armstrong Statue Photos

In West Lafayette, Purdue says the Neil Armstrong statue in front of the Engineering Building has become a popular landing spot for students and visitors – and the university is asking people to share their Armstrong statue photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – using the hashtag #TakeGiantLeaps. Purdue wants to share the images leading up to events taking place this Thursday-through-Saturday (July 18-20) to commemorate when Armstrong set foot on the moon fifty years ago, July 20, 1969.

The eight-foot-tall bronze sculpture showcases Armstrong as an undergrad at Purdue in the 1950s, complete with books and a slide rule. The artist, who remembers as a kid watching the moon landing video on TV, says he wanted students to be able to relate to Armstrong, not be intimidated.