Born and based in Louisiana, 18-year-old Alyssa Carson is likely to be one of the first few people to go to Mars in the early 2030s. Carson enrolled in the Advanced Possum Academy in October 2016 when she was just 15 years of age, graduating and becoming certified to go to space— making her the world’s youngest astronaut in training.
She has attended all of NASA’s 19 space camps and is the only person in the world who completed the NASA passport programme, having visited all sites. Alyssa also makes up one of the 17 ambassadors representing MarsOne that has a mission of establishing a human settlement on Mars. This mission will help humans in understanding our capabilities of venturing to other planets, being the first step in further space exploration.
In order to prepare for her travels to Mars, Alyssa has gotten certifications for scuba, piloting and water survival, as well as having done micro gravity flights, g force training, decompression training, and multiple space classes.