When the space shuttle launched into space on Monday, it was carrying four Boy Scouts of America patches.
The four Year of Celebration patches are on board as the space shuttle rockets toward the International Space Station. It’s NASA’s way of marking the BSA’s 100th Anniversary and the rich tradition of Scouts becoming astronauts.
After the shuttle returns, the patches will be on display at the National Scouting Museum in Texas.
Eleven of the 12 astronauts who have walked on the moon were Boy Scouts, and more than half of all U.S. astronauts have been involved in Scouting. Both Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell are Eagle Scouts.
You and the Scouts in your pack, troop, or crew can earn the Year of Celebration patch. Click here for the requirements (link opens PDF).