A person in a spacesuit on Mars

A 19-year-old teenager, Alyssa Carson, is training to become one of the first humans to walk the red planet, Mars. 

Carson was born in Louisiana in March 2001. Her interest in space started when she was three, after watching a space episode of The Backyardigans, the Unilad reported. 

Since then, the Mars hopeful has decided to focus on her dreams to become an astronaut.

Currently, Carson is studying astrobiology at the Florida Institute of Technology, per the Women Journal.

She also believes her generation would be the first to visit Mars and be called the Mars generation. 

An Astronaut in the Making

Her social media presence says it all, the teenager and future Mars Walker is also an astronaut trainee at Project Possum. 

Project Possum is a non-profit citizen-science research and education program that prepares people to become citizen scientist-astronauts. 

Moreover, she’s the only person to have joined every space camp there is.

She even went outside the country to join space camps outside the country, like in Turkey, per Unilad.

The teenager is also the youngest person to finish NASA’s Passport to Explore Space program, Unilad reports. 

Carson visited all 14 of NASA’s nationwide facilities in 9 different states. 

NASA and Smithsonian also invited the teenager for the celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) in 2014.

Alyssa Carson in her NASA suit

Sending Humans to Mars

Before the teenager hopeful can go to Mars, the space agency, NASA needs to create the groundwork first.

NASA’s Moon to Mars Program aims to prepare the agency for sending the first humans to Mars through its moon exploration. 

NASA aims to send the first woman and next man to the moon in 2024 and plans to send its first crewed mission to Mars as early as 2030. 

Moreover, technology development, in partnership with different institutions has already begun for the first crewed Mars mission. 

NASA will first use those technologies on the Moon during its Artemis missions. 

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