An astronaut or cosmonaut is a person trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft.
Did you know that of the 312 space pilots and scientists selected to go into space since 1959, 207 have been Scouts, including 27 women.
Of the 24 who have travelled to the moon, 21 were Scouts and 10 of the 12 to have walked on the surface had at some stage been members.
These include American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to do so. He had been an Eagle Scout, which means he had achieved the highest award possible in American Scouting.
So when he touched down on the moon with the words “…The Eagle has landed”, it had more than one meaning.
All three of the crew of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission (the story of which was made into a film in 1995) had also been Eagle Scouts.