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.