The Mark K. Craig papers include papers, artifacts, memorabilia, and oral history interviews that tell the story of Purdue alumnus (BSAE 1971) Mark Craig’s almost 50 year career in space exploration .. a career in which he contributed to the Apollo, Apollo-Soyuz, Space Shuttle, Space Station, Mars Rover Sample Return, and Lunar-Mars Exploration programs in positions progressing from co-op to NASA Assistant Administrator. It includes material from the start-up of Space Shuttle (1969), of Space Station (1983), and of the Lunar-Mars exploration initiative (1988). Craig was architect of the NASA Strategic Plan, Associate Director of the Johnson Space Center, and Director of the Stennis Space Center. For museums and themed attractions he is an advisor on space exploration. The collection focuses on the technical, programmatics, strategy, space policy, and public engagement.
The first donation included transcripts of three oral history interviews conducted with Mark Craig by NASA in 2006. These interviews relate to his work at the NASA Johnson Space Center. It also included a biographical data sheet on Mark Craig. Several additions to the papers have been added since this first and are identified by their addition number. The papers are currently being processed.