Alyssa Carson is different to most 15 year olds: for most of her life, she’s been planning to be one of the first humans to step foot on Mars.
And judging by how committed she seems to the cause, we are sure she will make it!
She’s already become the first person to attend all of NASA’s Space Camps worldwide, is the youngest person to ever complete the Advanced Space Academy course, and is now studying college-level classes in 10th grade.
“I first got interested in going to Mars when I was three years old,” Alyssa says in the Uproxx video.
“I do everything that every other normal kid does, except on the side I’m training to become an astronaut and go to Mars!”
She’s just become the youngest person ever accepted into Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere), a research program studying the upper atmosphere, and certifying would-be astronauts for flying into space.
Next for Alyssa is oxygen deprivation training and advanced scuba diving.
She wants to study science at Cambridge University in the UK, get a masters in space engineering at the International Space University in France, and then head to MIT to study astrobiology.
She knows that it’s likely that a trip to Mars would be one way – but she isn’t phased by it.
“Even though there’s a lot of risk in going to Mars, I believe the rewards are so much greater,” she says.
“At the end of the day there’s so much good that can come from this mission.”