WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Purdue professor is sharing his pride after one of his former students took part in the Virgin Galactic space flight.
Virgin Galactic owner Richard Branson rocketed into space Sunday morning for a sub-orbital test flight to space.
On board was Purdue grads Beth Moses and Sirisha Bandla.
Moses served as Cabin Lead and "Test Director" in space, and Bandla evaluated the humantended research experience.
Moses got her undergraduate and Master's in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue.
Bandla got her undergraduate degree from Purdue.
Purdue Professor of Aeronautics and Astronomics, Steven Collicot, taught Bandla as an undergrad.
"What an amazing opportunity for a young person," he said. "She was an excellent team leader for me in 2010 and 2011, and I've watched her career since. She's a great worker. Very bright."
Collicot didn't teach Moses, but knows her personally.
According to the university, Bandla had a small Purdue pennant inside her spacesuit.
When asked in the news conference after the flight what she took to space, Bandla shared the news and then followed with "Boiler up."
Then Moses said, "Go Boilers."
Bandla is now the 26th member of Purdue's Cradle of Astronauts.