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Neil Armstrong Footprints

Walk in the footsteps of the famed astronaut at Purdue University.  


One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

If you’ve ever wanted to walk a mile in Neil Armstrong’s shoes, this is the closest you can get to the real thing. On the grounds outside Purdue’s Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, several concrete boot prints are publicly available for you to follow an astronaut’s steps on the moon.

Neil Armstrong received a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue in 1955, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1970. So, it’s only fitting that the university’s engineering school is named after him.

The statue and footprints were unveiled in October 2007. The statue depicts Neil Armstrong as a college student in the 1950s, well before his historic first steps on the moon.

Know Before You Go

Find a spot to park and walk to the front of the Engineering Hall. Find the statue and look to the left on the ground for the footprints.

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