WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Students from schools in and outside of Indiana experienced space on earth for Purdue University 22nd annual Purdue Space Day.
The program was created to give students from 3rd to 8th grade an opportunity to learn about space through space themed activities. During the program the grades split up and conduct separate experiments.
Purdue is known for its prominent astronauts. Every year the program brings one back to share their astronaut experience with students.
This year, Astronaut Charlie Walker came to share how his experience at Purdue launched his career.
“Purdue is a marvelous school, it made my future what it has been and I look forward to extending to these students kind of the enthusiasm that I found here,” said Walker.
During his presentation he talked about the future of space travel and how the kids can be a part of that.
“They can be part of that [space travel] if they continue to learn, they study hard, they decide never to stop learning. Always keep learning,” said Walker.
This event is organized by Purdue students. This year there were 331 staff and student volunteers as well as a record breaking 871 kids and parents in attendance.