Meet Alyssa Carson, the 17-year-old hoping to be the first person on Mars
When Alyssa Carson was just three she told her parents she was going to be an astronaut.
Fast forward 14 years and the now 17-year-old is pretty close to making that dream a reality.
That’s because Alyssa, from Louisiana, has been busy training with NASA, aiming to become the first person on Mars via the 2033 first human mission, when she’ll be 32.
So grateful for the past few days to be doing final frontier space suit egress testing out of an Orion capsule. Thankful to the amazing team and everyone involved! Can’t wait till next time
A post shared by Alyssa Carson (@nasablueberry) on Apr 16, 2018 at 9:06am PDT
“I did the same thing as other kids, like switching my mind about careers, wanting to be a teacher or the president one day,” she told Teen Vogue.
“But the way I always thought about it was I would become an astronaut, go to Mars, come back, and then be a teacher or the president.’”
The president thing might have to wait as for now, Alyssa is fully focussed on her astronaut training.
The teen is the first person to complete the NASA Passport Program by going to all 14 NASA Visitor Centers.
She’s also the youngest person to be accepted and graduate the Advanced Possum Academy, which means she’s now officially certified to go into space.
Shallow Water Egress Training blindfolded. Day 1 a success
A post shared by Alyssa Carson (@nasablueberry) on Apr 8, 2018 at 2:47pm PDT
But despite learning about microgravity, attending simulated missions and underwater courses, Alyssa isn’t about to let her school studies slip as she manages to also fit in learning no less than four languages.
“The biggest [challenge] is time and getting everything done at such a young age while also still attending high school. Continuing to train at a young age will also be further difficulties for me but I have done great with it so far.” Alyssa told Bored Panda.
Unsurprisingly, people are pretty interested in Alyssa’s story, so she keeps her fans updated on her progress via her various social media accounts.
Behind me is the original LEM design that later got changed! So much fun speaking to girls at Cradle of Aviation and working with Microsoft on this project
A post shared by Alyssa Carson (@nasablueberry) on Mar 17, 2018 at 12:09pm PDT
As of her own personal mentors Alyssa claims to have been inspired by “all astronauts, especially women astronauts as they have made the road for me to follow.”
The teenager also attends public speaking events to tell other youngsters about her training and try to encourage young women to consider a career in science, technology or engineering.
Last practice before my flight. T-30min!
A post shared by Alyssa Carson (@nasablueberry) on Oct 5, 2017 at 6:16am PDT
And she’s got a pretty inspirational message to spread.
“Always follow your dream and don’t let anyone take it from you,” she says.
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