17-Year-Old Girl Preparing To Be The First Human On Mars.
Some kids like to imagine what it would be like to travel into outer space to explore the galaxy, encounter alien life, and maybe engage in a few space battles. But eventually, reality sets in and we set aside that our fantasies for a career goal that is a little closer to Earth, like being a doctor or a lawyer.
However, there are a few occasions when some kids get to turn their fantasy into a reality. Just ask Alyssa Carson, who had dreamt of a career in outer space since she was a little girl. Now, thanks to NASA, it seems like she's going to finally get her wish.
When Alyssa Carson was three years old, she shared a dream with her dad that was out of this world.
She told her dad: "Daddy, I want to be an astronaut, and be one of the people that go to Mars." Of course, her favorite show, "The Backyardigans," about 5 animals who go on adventures using their imagination, including a trip to Mars, might have influenced her a little bit.
At 17, the Hammon, Louisiana teenager's obsession for space has continued to grow stronger.
Space was no longer a dream. It was a lifelong quest. Alyssa even talks about it quite a bit on her social media pages and on her blog. She has also attended seminars and public speaking events to encourage young people, especially women, to get into science and technology-oriented fields.
NASA was the obvious career path, but Carson wasn't 18 yet, which is the minimum age requirement.
Fortunately, she was able to enroll in Project Possum, which allowed her to begin her training a bit early so that she could see what it's like to slip into a NASA uniform. And while Carson admits that she had considered switching careers to being a teacher or even the president, she always came back to this.
A lot of Carson's training involved familiarizing herself with the high-tech equipment of a capsule.
As a trainee for Project Possum, which is a part of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and has campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott Arizona, Carson gets to experience things most teenagers only dream of.
In her short life, Carson had undergone some serious training to prepare for her journey into space.
Here she is being strapped insight her Possum flight suit, which is just the tip of the iceberg on her arduous training. Carson has to learn to adapt to the different conditions that she will potentially face in space.
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