When I grow up: be an astronaut

Ever since she was 3 years old, Alyssa knew she wanted to become an astronaut... and she has already started to make that happen! (NASA)

Young 16-year-old Alyssa Carson prepares with NASA to become an astronaut and go to Mars

There are many women who struggle to succeed their professional careers and achieve equal opportunities. They are not as famous as models or actresses, but they are out there, we just have to know where to look.

Despite all the obstacles to make it in the field of science, there are more and more girls who want to make a living in this exciting world.

Today wa talk about a very young girl, who has already come very far: the future astronaut Alyssa Carson.

Who is Alyssa Carson?

Alyssa is from Hammond, a small town in the state of Louisiana (United States). She was born on March 10, 2001 and is 16 years old.

Alyssa may not be yet of age, but ever since she was a child she knew that one day she would become an astronaut. That is why, at the age of 7, she contacted the NASA, the most important space agency in the world.

To this day, Alyssa has already completed all NASA courses and is still preparing to be an astronaut. Her goal is to be the first human being to reach Mars, in a mission scheduled for 2033 that already counts with NASA and US government’s full support.

Your family’s support is so important

In this her training process to become an astronaut, Alyssa’s family’s support and motivation has been very important.

His father enrolled her to the US Space Campus in 2008, when she was only seven years old. This summer camp was a unique opportunity for Alyssa, because it was where she discovered her passion for space. She has also been to other space camps in Canada and Turkey.

Her determination to become an astronaut is worthy of admiration, although her parents’ emotional and economic support have also been very important to help her make her dreams come true.

A long way in just a few years

In 2013, Alyssa became the first person to visit the 14 Visitor Centers that NASA have throughout the United States. Today she is an ambassador for the Mars One private space flight Project.

Besides her training as an astronaut at the Possum Academy, Alyssa is also learning Chinese, English, French and Spanish. Nothing seems to be stopping her from making her dream come true!

Translated by Chaplin’s Languages | Find out more in Junior Report

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