Members of NASA visit Purdue

Purdue students meet members of NASA.
Purdue students meet members of NASA.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue students had the chance to meet members of NASA Wednesday to learn more about the International Space Station.

NASA’s Driven to Explore mobile unit stopped by Purdue’s campus for a variety of activities, one of which included a talk about the importance of growing plants for food in microgravity and space environments.

Marshall Porterfield the director of Space Life and Physical Sciences at NASA headquarters said they’re working to inspire the next generation of researchers, scientists and engineers.

“It’s really important in terms of creating the next generation of researchers and scientists and engineers that are not only for space exploration, but for our society, our economy,” said Porterfield.

In addition to working with NASA, Porterfield is also a professor within Purdue’s College of Engineering. 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, off topic, 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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