Astronaut Walker to give talks on Purdue campus

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Astronaut Charles Walker will speak at Purdue University next week about his experiences in the space program.

Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue in 1971. In the mid-1980s he flew aboard three NASA Space Shuttle missions as the first industry-sponsored engineer and researcher. As such, he became the first private astronaut in space.

Walker’s talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall.

Walker also will attend Purdue’s annual Space Day on Oct. 25. He will speak at 9:30 a.m. in Elliott Hall of Music. That event also is free and open to the public. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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