Have you ever wanted to become an astronaut when you were a kid? Well, did you become one? Unless you’re reading this article from the International Space Station, then the answer is probably not. Well, one girl from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is actually making that dream come true.
At only 17 years old, Alyssa Carson is already on her way to becoming an astronaut and going on the human mission to Mars in 2033. She is the first person to visit all 14 NASA Visitor Centres and complete the NASA Passport Program. Not only that, she is also the youngest person to become certified to go to space – Alyssa has graduated from the Advanced Possum Academy thus making her an official astronaut trainee. Although Alyssa is living such a busy lifestyle, she is still a high school student. Her school subjects might be a little more difficult than a regular teenager’s though – she is studying all her subjects in four different languages. Of course, Alyssa’s dream comes at a price – she can’t get married or start a family, but that doesn’t seem to stop her.
Alyssa is also a public speaker – she aims to encourage people to seek their dreams and draw interest in space exploration. “Always follow your dream and don’t let anyone take it from you,” said Alyssa in an interview with Bored Panda. She says she was inspired by all astronauts, especially women, as they have made the road for her to follow and we wish her nothing but the best in achieving her dream.
1 Meet Alyssa Carson, a 17-year-old girl from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2 Despite her young age, NASA is training her to become an astronaut
3 She aims to be part of the first human mission to Mars on 2033
4 The mission is part of the effort to establish a human colony on Mars, that could one day save our species
5 Alyssa first thought of going to Mars when she was 3, after seeing the TV show “The Backyardigans”
6 Ever since then Carson has been working hard to achieve her goals
7 In 2008, Bert Carson, her father, enrolled her in the United States Space Camp
8 She quickly became the first person to visit all three NASA Space Camps
9 Five years later, Alyssa was the first person to complete the NASA Passport Program by going to all 14 NASA Visitor Centers
10 Carson is also the youngest person to be accepted and graduate the Advanced Possum Academy