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Purdue to wear moon-themed helmets for homecoming football game

Courtesy of Purdue Athletics

To pay tribute to the university's history as the "Cradle of Astronauts" and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Purdue will wear special space-themed helmets at Saturday's homecoming football game.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 3:02 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2019 4:16 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — To pay tribute to the university's history as the "Cradle of Astronauts" and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Purdue will wear special space-themed helmets at Saturday's homecoming football game. 

Purdue Football posted a preview of the moon walk helmets on its Twitter page Monday. 


Moon footprints on the stripe of the helmet. Courtesy of Purdue Athletics

The helmet is white with moon craters in the motion 'P.' It also features moon footprints down the middle stripe and a chrome facemask. "One Giant Leap" will also be printed on the back, a nod to alum Neil Armstrong's famous saying when he stepped on the surface of the moon 50 years ago. 

The team plays Maryland Saturday. The university is welcoming 14 astronauts back for a reunion prior to the game as the 150th anniversary celebration comes to a close. You can find a list of events for homecoming week here. 

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