Meet The 17-Year-Old Who Wants To Be The Youngest Astronaut Ever
At just 17 years old, Alyssa Carson is a role model to young girls who love math, science, and especially space. Because Alyssa has made it her mission to become the youngest astronaut ever—and to be among the first human beings to land on Mars—and she won't let anything hold her back.
It all started when Alyssa was a toddler. She watched a cartoon at age 3 that sparked her interest in space, and the rest is history.
"As I got a little older, my dad brought me to space camp in Huntsville, Alabama," Alyssa explained, "and there my passion just kind of exploded."
Alyssa's timing couldn't be better, in terms of the incredible opportunities that are opening up for people who want to explore the world beyond Earth's orbit. A manned mission to Mars is expected to launch sometime in the next decade or two—and Alyssa plans to be on it. But first she has to finish high school.
The driven young woman, who plans to study Astrobiology in college, has a great partner in her father, Bert Carson.
"She's two kids," Bert says of Alyssa. "She is dead-set on taking this trip and has put in a lot of hard work every day on it, but I have made sure that she had a balanced life and was a kid, too."
Bert says that one of Alyssa's best qualities is how she is able to relate and connect with people of all ages. That's why we believe that, of all the roles Alyssa will play in her life, role model is among the most important!