A SPACE badge aims to set Brownies' sights on the skies.

Backed by the Swindon-based UK Space Agency and the Royal Astronomical Society, the badge tasks the young girlguides with identifying constellations, creating a sunspot viewer and designing an astronaut training programme.

Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut, said: “It’s important that future generations continue to be inspired and have the opportunities to explore the fascinating universe around us.

"Introduction to space, astronomy and planetary science will help to spark that initial curiosity, which could lead to potential careers in science and other exciting STEM subjects.”

The badge is available to Brownies, those in the Girlguiding movement aged between seven and 10.

Alice Bunn, international director at the UK Space Agency, said: “The UK space sector is booming and it’s vital that we inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to work in this fantastic industry.

“The UK Space Agency is delighted to be working with Girlguiding on this exciting new badge which will introduce young girls to the wonders of space.”

A recent poll of girls involved in the guiding movement found that becoming an astronaut was a dream job for girls aged 11-16.

Liddy Buswell, a member of Girlguiding’s Advocate Panel, said: “This is such an exciting time to be part of Girlguiding." The new badges could lead girls to their future career, she added.

For more: www.girlguiding.org.uk.