Purdue to celebrate 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s moonwalk

Visitors gather around the Apollo 11 command module “Columbia” that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins on their historic voyage to the Moon and back on July 16 to 24, 1969, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Aiur and Space Museum in Washington Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Neil Armstrong who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon died Saturday. He was 82. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University is planning several events commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing commanded by school alumnus Neil Armstrong.

The university says events begin July 18 with a presentation on the landing by Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz, followed by a July 20 screening of “Armstrong,” a new documentary film featuring home videos shot by Armstrong and unseen footage from NASA.

Purdue will host a special exhibition of items from its Armstrong archives on July 19-20. Other July 20 events include children’s activities on the Purdue Mall and a lunar module landing celebration timed around the 4:17 p.m. touchdown ahead of Armstrong becoming the first person to walk on the moon.

Armstrong was a 1955 Purdue graduate. He died in 2012 at age 82.

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