WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It is a one-of-a-kind donation to Purdue University that is literally out of this world or, at least, has been out of this world.
The Lunar Roving Vehicle mapbook to Apollo 17, the last NASA mission on the moon, is officially becoming part of the Purdue archives Thursday. A special reception was held at Mackey Arena to recognize the special gift.
The maps are mounted in a book that has been custom-made to display them. There are also some photos and documents that provide context.
The maps gave the crew the bearings and ranges to each of the sites target for investigation on Apollo 17. In all, more than 22 hours of exploration was spent on the moon back in December 1972 bringing back more than 243 of materials.
Astronaut Eugene Cernan, a 1956 Purdue graduate, donated his personal papers to Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives more than five years ago in January 2009. Purdue learned about the mapbook donation in December.
As News 18 has already reported, as part of this astronaut reunion there’s a public forum Saturday evening with Eugene Cernan and six other astronauts at the Elliott Hall of Music at 7 p.m. This event is free, but you must have a ticket to get in the door. Tickets are available at the box offices of either Elliott Hall of Music or Stewart Center or by calling 765-494-3933.