The Neil Armstrong Legacy At Purdue
It is not hard to see the legacy that Neil Armstrong left at Purdue. As you approach campus from the North you can see the building named after him with a larger than life statue of him out front. One of the greatest feats in American history has a great Purdue tie to it. The space program itself has a lot of Purdue influence on it which is pretty cool. Today though we celebrate one of the biggest achievements in spaceflight which is Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon. It is amazing just how fast the country went from John F. Kennedy announcing that we would go to the moon to actually doing it. It wasn’t without some setbacks. Two Purdue alums lost their lives early in the Apollo program to help make Neil’s landing possible. The fact that we set foot on the moon in just a decade shows that as a country we can do anything that we set our mind to. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could all get behind an idea like that again?
A Milestone Year
During the 100th Anniversary of Purdue University Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. That was a pretty cool way to help celebrate the centennial of the school. Of course now it is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the 150th anniversary of the school. It was fun to go out one night and capture both of these together.
The Other Man On The Moon
There were actually two men that were the first to land on the moon. With Michael Collins waiting for them above, Neil and Buzz Aldrin made their way to the moon. Neil is the first to set foot on it, but they both landed together. While in Ocean City, Maryland this past week I made this photo of the spacesuit that Buzz wore. I couldn’t believe that such a piece of history was at the Ripley’s museum in Ocean City.
Portraits Of The Moon
With the anniversary of the moon landing coming up I was really thinking about making photos of the moon. I don’t like the full moon photo though. It looks a lot like a portrait made with just a light glaring into the subject from the front. I like a little side light here. Using some Rembrandt light makes the craters looks even deeper.