Many teenagers dream of living on other planets. However, most of them will never get the honor of putting their feet on Mars. Things will be different for Alyssa Carson.
The first human flight to the Red Planet and its colonization has never been more real in history than it is today. More and more companies are entering the space industry and are busily developing unique technologies that will make it easier for us to conquer other planets in the solar system.
However, for this to be possible at all, we need people who will decide to fly to “other worlds” and spend several years, if not their entire lives there. That’s why NASA organizes training programs for teenagers who want to tie their future to space.
One such enthusiast for living on another planet is Alyssa Carson, a 17-year-old from the United States. She has dedicated her entire life to preparing for this extraordinary journey.
She has already attended all the preparation camps organized by NASA in the most diverse corners of our planet. But that’s not all, Alyssa is also the youngest person to graduate from the Advanced Space Academy course and is currently taking college classes in four languages.
In a recent interview with Teen Vogue magazine, Alyssa said: “I always thought about becoming an astronaut, flying to Mars, coming back to Earth, and then becoming a teacher or president.” She also admitted that she doesn’t and won’t have a boyfriend because she doesn’t want to get emotionally attached to anyone, due to the fact that she will spend the rest of her life in a colony on the Red Planet, very far from her family and friends.
Now, the 17-year-old will be studying the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet and trying to earn her astronaut certification through the exclusive PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) program.
NASA scientists, who are overseeing her career, are proud of her and confident that she will take part in the first manned mission to Mars because she has the right aptitude for it. If this happens, then she will be around 32 years old.
Alyssa already has plans for the future. She plans to study at the University of Cambridge, graduate from the International Space University in France and pursue a PhD in astrobiology at MIT. Well, we can only keep our fingers crossed for Alyssa.
The idea of training teenagers by the U.S. Space Agency is not a whim of scientists, and that’s because the first manned exploration missions are planned in about a year. 14-15 years old, and at that time teens will be no older than 35, so they will be at the most appropriate age to do this type of space challenge.