Baton Rouge Teenager Alyssa Carson Is Aiming to Be First Human to Walk on Mars

"I have always had a curiosity about Mars and want to go there to explore where no one else has been," Carson told Southern Living.

Alyssa Carson in Space

Ever dream of going to space? A jaunt on the moon? A chance to explore the unknown? How about a trip to Mars?

Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Alyssa Carson has been dreaming about space travel since a young age—and she's well on the way to making that dream come true. "I have always had a curiosity about Mars and want to go there to explore where no one else has been," Carson told Southern Living, in true Gen Z fashion, via Twitter message.

Recently in the Baton Rouge Business Report, we got the chance to learn a bit more about the budding astronaut-to-be in an article titled, "Meet the world's youngest astronaut-in-training: She's from south Louisiana" and we're amazed by her dedication to learning more about space and eventually going there. Right now Carson is a college freshman studying astrobiology at Florida Institute of Technology and is said to be the world's youngest astronaut-in-training. At only 15, Carson became the youngest person accepted into Advanced PoSSUM Space Academy at Florida Tech. In her spare time, Carson's also thinking about all things space and she recently helped to create a line of prototypes for Horizn One luggage, the first of its kind designed for space travel. Clearly, the sky is not the limit for this impressive teen.

From a young age, Carson knew she had her sights set on outer space. "I've always been interested in space and started going to camps as a kid, which sparked my interest even more. After learning more about the astronaut selection process and how competitive it is (18,000 people applied last time!), I realized having a few things under my belt going into college would be helpful," she told Baton Rouge Business Report. "I think by breaking age stereotypes, I helped [PoSSUM] realize that younger kids could contribute just as much to their research."

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Carson is also determined to set an example for other women in the industry and inspire young girls to consider becoming an astronaut, too. "NASA is starting to select astronaut classes that are half male and half female, so that's awesome to see. However, it takes tens of thousands of people to send one person to space, but there's still a lack of female representation across all these jobs—not just astronauts, but scientists, engineers, etc.," she told the outlet.

She left the Baton Rouge Business Report's readers with this inspiring advice for young women considering a career in STEM: "Visit science museums and go to camps in your local area. Find someone who has a profession you might want and ask for advice. Also, talk about your dreams openly and often; you never know who somebody else knows and what opportunities can come from that."

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