Space Exploration

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Space Exploration merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1965
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 107
Requirements revision: 2005
Latest pamphlet revision: 2004

Contents

Space is mysterious. We explore space for many reasons, not least because we don't know what is out there, it is vast, and humans are full of curiosity. Each time we send explorers into space, we learn something we didn't know before. We discover a little more of what is there.


Space Exploration merit badge requirements

  1. Tell the purpose of space exploration and include the following:
    a. Historical reasons
    b. Immediate goals in terms of specific knowledge
    c. Benefits related to Earth resources, technology, and new products.
    d. International relations and cooperation
  2. Design a collector's card, with a picture on the front and information on the back, about your favorite space pioneer. Share your card and discuss four other space pioneers with your counselor.
  3. Build, launch, and recover a model rocket.* Make a second launch to accomplish a specific objective. (Rocket must be built to meet the safety code of the National Association of Rocketry. See the "Model Rocketry" chapter of the Space Exploration merit badge pamphlet.) Identify and explain the following rocket parts:
    a. Body tube
    b. Engine mount
    c. Fins
    d. Igniter
    e. Launch lug
    f. Nose cone
    g. Payload
    h. Recovery system
    i. Rocket engine
  4. Discuss and demonstrate each of the following:
    a. The law of action-reaction.
    b. How rocket engines work
    c. How satellites stay in orbit
    d. How satellite pictures of Earth and pictures of other planets are made and transmitted.
  5. Do TWO of the following:
    a. Discuss with your counselor a robotic space exploration mission and a historic crewed mission. Tell about each mission's major discoveries, its importance, and what was learned from it about the planets, moons, or regions of space explored.
    b. Using magazine photographs, news clippings, and electronic articles (such as from the Internet), make a scrapbook about a current planetary mission.
    c. Design a robotic mission to another planet or moon that will return samples of its surface to Earth. Name the planet or moon your spacecraft will visit. Show how your design will cope with the conditions of the planet's or moon's environment.
  6. Describe the purpose and operation of ONE of the following:
    a. Space shuttle or any other crewed orbital vehicle, whether government owned (U.S. or foreign) or commercial
    b. International Space Station
  7. Design an inhabited base located within our solar system, such as Titan, asteroids, or other locations that humans might want to explore in person. Make drawings or a model of your base. In your design, consider and plan for the following:
    a. Source of energy
    b. How it will be constructed
    c. Life-support system
    d. Purpose and function
  8. Discuss with your counselor two possible careers in space exploration that interest you. Find out the qualifications, education, and preparation required and discuss the major responsibilities of those positions.
  1. * If local laws prohibit the launching of model rockets, do the following activity: Make a model of a NASA rocket. Explain the functions of the parts. Give the history of the rocket.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Space Exploration is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Space Exploration requirements.
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Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Space Exploration is a popular merit badge.


Requirement resources

Moon Base Station - Mars Base Station


Related awards

Science-related awards


See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


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