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Purdue hosting forum among 8 astronaut alumni

– Purdue University says free tickets are available for a forum Saturday evening among eight alumni who became astronauts.

The astronauts expected to attend the forum are Eugene Cernan, Mark Brown, Andrew Feustel, Guy Gardner, Gary Payton, Loren Shriver, Scott Tingle and Charles Walker.

A total of 23 Purdue graduates became astronauts, including the late Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels will moderate the 7 p.m. forum in the Elliott Hall of Music. Daniels is co-chairman of a National Research Council committee that is studying the future of the U.S. human spaceflight program.

Tickets are available at the box offices in Elliott Hall of Music and Stewart Center or by calling 765-494-3933.

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