Here we grow again: Two more astronauts join Purdue flight archives

The frontiers of Purdue’s flight archives continue to grow, with the addition of gifts from two more alumni astronauts — Janice Voss and Roy Bridges Jr.

Janice Voss and Roy Bridges Jr

The astronauts’ personal papers will find a home in the Purdue Library Division of Archives and Special Collections, alongside those of astronaut alumni Neil Armstrong (BSAE ’55, HDR ’70), the first person to walk on the moon, and Eugene Cernan (BSEE ’56, HDR ’70), the most recent person to do so.

Voss, who earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Purdue in 1975, is a veteran of five space flights, the first of which was aboard the STS-57 from June 21 to July 1, 1993. She later was part of space missions in 1995, two in 1997 and the last in 2000. The last mission was an 11-day flight during which the international crew aboard space shuttle Endeavour mapped more than 47 million square miles of Earth’s land surface. She currently serves as payloads lead of the Astronaut Office Station Branch.

Bridges (BSAE ’66, HDR ’01) was the pilot aboard space shuttle Challenger in 1985. He is a retired U.S. Air Force major general and is currently an executive at Northrop Grumman Technical Services.