Four Girl Scouts of Connecticut Connected to New Moon Rocket Mission

Girl Scouts of Connecticut (GSOFCT) proudly announce that four local Girl Scouts are winners of the national “Girl Scouts to the Moon and Back” essay contest. Girl Scouts of the USA sponsored the competition during the summer to give troops a chance to win a Space Science badge that’s actually been to space on NASA’s Artemis I moon rocket. The Artemis I launched on November 16, 2022.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment considering that there are only 90 winners in the entire country,” says Diana Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “The girls will have to wait a bit to receive their prize—but we think it will be well worth it!” 

The essays revolved around the topic of travelling to the moon and required the Girl Scouts to use their creative writing skills, as well as research facts from NASA and include current information on the planets.

The four winners from GSOFCT are:

  • Lila Schlissel, an Ambassador in troop 50105 from Danbury, CT
  • Madeleine Corbin, a Junior in troop 62007 from Middletown, CT
  • Ruby Weiner, a Juliette from Ridgefield, CT
  • Nadia Khokhar, a Cadette in troop 60617 from Branford, CT

Mahoney explains the Artemis 1 mission will be an uncrewed test flight that orbits the moon and returns to Earth with 90 Girl Scout Space Science badges on board. This mission is NASA’s first step toward the goal of sending the first woman and the first person of color to the moon.

The winners received congratulatory videos from Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and Pam Melroy, Deputy Administrator at NASA.

“This is one of many Girl Scout initiatives to encourage interest in the STEM field,” adds Mahoney. “Everyone is encouraged to follow along and participate in Artemis I activities before, during, and after the launch on the Girl Scouts’ NASA page.”

About Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit

PHOTO: (from left to right): Lila Schlissel from Danbury, Madeleine Corbin of Middletown, Ruby Weiner of Ridgefield and Nadia Khokhar from Branford are among 90 national winners of the “Girl Scouts to the Moon and Back” essay contest. The four Girl Scouts of Connecticut will receive a commemorative Space Science badge that travels on NASA’s Artemis I moon rocket.

Courtesy of: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Submitted by Hartford, CT

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