Space Exploration

You can find a list of counselers for this merit badge on the following page: Space Exploration Counselor List

Space Exploration Merit Badge Patch
Tell the purpose of space exploration and include the following:
Historical reasons
Immediate goals in terms of specific knowledge
Benefits related to Earth resources, technology, and new products
International relations and cooperation
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.
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:
Body tube
Engine mount
Launch lug
Nose cone
Recovery system
Rocket engine
Discuss and demonstrate each of the following:
The law of action-reaction
How rocket engines work
How satellites stay in orbit
How satellite pictures of Earth and pictures of other planets are made and transmitted
Do TWO of the following:
Discuss with your counselor a robotic space exploration mission and a historic crewed mission. Tell about each missions major discoveries, its importance, and what was learned from it about the planets, moons, or regions of space explored.
Using magazine photographs, news clippings, and electronic articles (such as from the Internet), make a scrapbook about a current planetary mission.
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.
Describe the purpose, operation, and components of ONE of the following:
Space shuttle or any other crewed orbital vehicle, whether government-owned (U.S. or foreign) or commercial
International Space Station
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:
Source of energy
How it will be constructed
Life-support system
Purpose and function
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.

Current requirements are available at Space Exploration Merit Badge Requirements

Eagle RequirementNo
CategoryPhysical Science
Requirements Date2014
Current Pamphlet Number35953
Current Pamphlet SKU616244
Current Pamphlet Copyright Date2016
Additional Formats
BSA Requirement Date2016
BSA Requirement PDFSpace Exploration Merit Badge Requirements