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NM Girl Scouts adding space badges, astronomy club, event

This promotional photo was provided when a new nationwide initiative for GSUSA lead by Seti Institute with funding from NASA in support of new Girl Scout programs.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The local Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails is adding new space science badges and planning to develop a Girl Scouts Astronomy Club, thanks to GSUSA national cooperative agreement with funding under a five-year “Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts” program.

This national program includes development of six space science badges and multiple train the trainer opportunities including the “GS Astronomy Club Training at Goddard Space Flight Center.”

The badges are being developed by GSUSA and subject matter experts from SETI Institute, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, University of Arizona, ARIES Scientific and GS of Northern California, according to a news release.

NASA is funding the initiative led by the SETI Institute to offer more girls opportunities to explore STEM careers.

A local team will travel to NASA Goddard in Maryland for a week long training on how to develop a Girl Scouts Astronomy Club, according to a news release.

The GSNMT Astronomy Club is expected to begin in the new year.

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails has teamed with the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society to develop Reaching for the Stars: A Star Party for Girls is set for Wednesday night, the local chapter said in a news release. The Star Party will be from 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesday at Rainbow Park in Rio Rancho at 301 Southern Blvd. SE.

Organizers called it an exciting evening full of pizza, hands-on activities in astronomy and space science, and observation through telescopes.

Scouts and those interested in joining need to register for the event. For more details, visit or call 505-923-2512.

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