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  • Boy Scout Merit Badge Requirements

Several merit badges have requirements that could be satisfied by Eclipse 99, or projects deriving from participation in the eclipse activities at your local participating museum or planetarium.

Space Exploration

Discuss and demonstrate the following:

  • How satellite pictures of the Earth and pictures of other planets are made
    and transmitted. [Weather Satellite Data will be used in Eclipse `99]


Do one of the following activities:

  • Attend a news event. Write a newspaper story, a sidebar
    feature, and an editorial or critical review of the event.
  • For the same event, take a series of pictures that would help to tell the story in
    pictures, including some news photos and some feature photos. Write captions for
    your photos and a brief story of the event.


  • Tell a story with a picture or pictures.
  • Paint a subject of your choice.
  • Discuss job opportunities in art.


  • Visit a business or industry that uses computers. Study what the computer
    accomplishes and be prepared to discuss what you observed.
  • Discuss various jobs in the computer field.
  • Describe several ways in which you and your family could use a personal
    computer other than for games and recreation.


  • Sketch the face of the Moon.
  • With the aid of diagrams, explain the relative positions of the Sun, Earth, and Moon
    at the times of lunar and solar eclipses.
  • Visit a planetarium or observatory and submit a report to your counselor both on
    the activities occurring there and on the exhibits of instruments and other astronomical objects you observed.





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Girl Scout Merit Badge Requirements

During Eclipse 99, the National Air and Space Musem in Washington, D.C., will have a camp-in for local cadette and senior Girl Scouts. During this camp-in, the participants will work on the "Space Exploration" Interest Project. The requirements that they will try to complete:

Skill Builder #2

Learn about the history of Space Exploration.

Skill Builder #3

  • Learn more about the Sun and the Moon and their relationship to Earth.
  • Demonstrate what happens during a solar and/or lunar eclipse.
  • Learn to read an ocean tide chart.
  • Identify a tale or superstition about the Sun or the Moon. Discuss whether or not this is a valid or even measurable belief.

Technology #1

Find out about the capabilities of today's telescopes. If possible, visit an observatory or a site on the Web to learn more about telescopes.

Service Project

Ask prospective participants to read the Space Explorer Interest Project. Then choose a Service Project, and come with a written description of how they would implement it.

Career Exploration

  • Investigate at least two of the following careers and show how they are linked to the space program: biomedical engineering, meteorology, ceramics, chemistry, industrial engineering, materials science, metallurgy, optical engineering, physiology, and photography.
  • Plan to attend a "space camp" or astronomy camp to get more hands-on experience.

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