Four CT Girl Scouts receive badges from NASA’s Artemis 1 mission

Girl Scouts of Connecticut announced Wednesday that Ambassador Lila Schlissel of Troop 50105 of Danbury, Junior Madeleine Corbin of Troop 62007 of Middletown, Juliette Ruby Weiner of Ridgefield and Cadette Nadia Khokhar of Troop 60617 of Branford were the winners of the national Girl Scouts were to the moon and back” essay contest.

The essay contest challenged Girl Scouts to share how they view their role in space exploration and challenged them to use their creative writing skills and research National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facts. Contestants competed to win a space science badge that flew into space on NASA’s Artemis I moon rocket.

  Lila Schlissel from Danbury, Madeleine Corbin from Middletown, Ruby Weiner from Ridgefield and Nadia Khokhar from Branford are among the 90 national winners of the Girl Scouts to the Moon and Back essay contest.  The four Connecticut Girl Scouts will receive a commemorative space science badge to fly on NASA's Artemis I moon rocket, scheduled for launch on November 16, 2022.

Lila Schlissel from Danbury, Madeleine Corbin from Middletown, Ruby Weiner from Ridgefield and Nadia Khokhar from Branford are among the 90 national winners of the Girl Scouts to the Moon and Back essay contest. The four Connecticut Girl Scouts will receive a commemorative space science badge to fly on NASA’s Artemis I moon rocket, scheduled for launch on November 16, 2022.

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“This is an outstanding achievement considering there are only 90 winners in the whole country,” said Diana Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. in a release. “The girls will have to wait a bit before they receive their prize – but we think it will be worth it!”

Badges are earned by Girl Scouts when they learn a new skill and are used to recognize their accomplishments.

‚ÄúSpace has always been a mystery to me. Its breadth, the way it changes our understanding of science and reason: these are the qualities that fascinate me and so many other people,” said Schlissel. “Being able to have an object that was where I’ll probably never go, especially with a little bit of acrophobia, intrigued me and made me want to enter the competition.”

Launched on Wednesday, the Artemis 1 mission is an unmanned test flight that orbited the moon and returned to Earth with 90 Girl Scout space science badges on board. According to Mahoney, this mission is NASA’s first step toward its goal of sending the first woman and first person of color to the moon.

“This is one of many Boy Scout initiatives to encourage interest in STEM,” Mahoney said.

The mission of Girl Scouts of Connecticut is to help build courage, confidence and character. According to a press release, the group has ministered to over 18,000 youth and 9,000 adult members and has a presence across the state.

In October, the Girl Scouts of Connecticut received a $2.4 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The donation was part of an $84.5 million donation given to Girl Scouts USA and 29 local councilors selected by Scott. According to the press release, it was the largest single donation in the history of the national organization.

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