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Purdue's homecoming weekend welcomes back 10 astronauts

These astronauts have all walked the campus as students at some point. This event will wrap up the university's 150-years of Giant Leaps campaign.

Posted: Oct 12, 2019 7:56 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Ten astronauts have joined in on Purdue University's Homecoming festivities this weekend.

These astronauts have all walked the campus as students at some point.

Saturday's event will wrap up the university's 150-years of Giant Leaps campaign.

The astronauts stood outside of the Neil Armstrong of Engineering building for a meet and greet this morning. Event leaders say several hundred people stood in line.

Coordinator Lance Connolly said they hoped for a turnout like this.

“Really we just hoped people would come out and have a great time before the game, reconnect with friends new and old, that's what the Homecoming is really all about and hopefully everybody leaves campus today feeling that Boilermaker pride,” said Connolly.

Connolly said this entire year of events has been successful.

“We launched last homecoming 2018 and here we are today and it has been an incredible year full of many, many successes,” said Connolly. “Many great conversations that have been had as a part of our ideas festival, with world-renowned speakers coming all year long.”

The astronauts were also honored on the football field during halftime.

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