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Fairfield Boy Scout Troop 90 Blasts Off with Space Exploration Badge

Fairfield, CT - BSA Troop 90 recently completed the final stage of their Space Exploration merit badge by launching rockets hundreds of feet into the air.

The Space Exploration merit badge teaches Scouts about the history of manned and unmanned space flight; discusses careers in space exploration; and gives them the opportunity to build, launch and recover a model rocket. Troop 90's Scouts did exactly that when they completed the final stage of their merit badge by firing their rockets.

Significant work went into assembling the rockets ahead of time, including the parachute, recovery wadding, and engine. Every rocket successfully launched, but they came down in a wide variety of conditions, some in better shape than others.

Since 1959, at least two-thirds of the pilots and scientists selected as astronauts were Scouts. What's more, an astronomically high half of space shuttle missions (67 of 135) included at least one Eagle Scout.

Although it was a lot of work, the Scouts were pleased to see their rockets fire into the air -- and justifiably proud to finish the final stage of their merit badge. You might call it rocket science!

Want to launch your own rockets? Families interested in joining Boy Scouts can follow Troop 90 on Facebook and the web or contact our Scoutmaster This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About Troop 90

Boy Scout Troop 90, sponsored by Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield, Connecticut, is a leadership troop in The Connecticut Yankee Council, Pomperaug District. Troop 90 was founded in 1938. Since 1953, the Troop has produced over 100 Eagle Scouts, with an average of four new Eagle Scouts each year from 2007-2018. Troop 90 can be found on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/troop90ct) and the web (http://www.troop90ct.org). You can contact Scoutmaster Drew Hiltz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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