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Space Exploration Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Space Exploration Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Space Exploration merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Tell the purpose of space exploration and include the following:
Requirement 1 a: Historical reasons
Requirement 1 b: Immediate goals in terms of specific knowledge
Requirement 1 c: Benefits related to Earth resources, technology, and new products
Requirement 1 d: International relations and cooperation
Requirement 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.

Requirement 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.

* If local laws prohibit launching 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.

Completed first launch
Completed second launch
Notes about objective and launches
Requirement 3 a: Body tube
Requirement 3 b: Engine mount
Requirement 3 c: Fins
Requirement 3 d: Igniter
Requirement 3 e: Launch lug
Requirement 3 f: Nose cone
Requirement 3 g: Payload
Requirement 3 h: Recovery system
Requirement 3 i: Rocket engine
Requirement 4: Discuss and demonstrate each of the following:
Requirement 4 a: The law of action-reaction
Requirement 4 b: How rocket engines work
Requirement 4 c: How satellites stay in orbit
Requirement 4 d: How satellite pictures of Earth and pictures of other planets are made and transmitted
Requirement 5: Do TWO of the following:
Requirement 5 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.
Requirement 5 b: Using magazine photographs, news clippings, and electronic articles (such as from the internet), make a scrapbook about a current planetary mission.
Requirement 5 c: Design a robotic mission to another planet, moon, comet, or asteroid that will return samples of its surface to Earth. Name the planet, moon, comet, or asteroid your spacecraft will visit. Show how your design will cope with the conditions of the environments of the planet, moon, comet, or asteroid.
Requirement 6: Describe the purpose, operation, and components 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

Chosen option
Requirement 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:
Drawings of your base
Requirement 7 a: Source of energy
Requirement 7 b: How it will be constructed
Requirement 7 c: Life-support system
Requirement 7 d: Purpose and function
Requirement 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.