17-Year-Old Girl Preparing To Be The First Human On Mars.
At one of Project Possum's facilities, Carson gets dunked into a pool that simulates conditions in space.
Back in 2008, Carson's dad enrolled her in the United States Space Camp, which she has attended several times over the years. By the time she was 12, she became the first individual to visit all three NASA Space Camps, which include the one in Laval, Quebec, and Izmir, Turkey.
One of the many fun things that Carson gets to do inside one of Project Possum's facilities is to undergo extensive training, like the one seen here to prepare her for when she gets to rocket deep into space.
One of the fun things I got to do today at Survival System. Just the start of 10 days of training with @PoSSUMAstronaut— Alyssa Carson (@NASABlueberry1) April 8, 2018
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During her training, Carson has learned about what happens to a body that is deprived of oxygen.
She has also learned about microgravity and the effects it has on a human body. But her young mind has been filled with plenty of other training like learning how to build her own rockets and robotics. She has even directed a team of fellow space cadets using the callsign "Blueberry," which is the nickname she uses on several online accounts.
In the year 2033, Carson will be 32, and she'll be ready to set off into her next great adventure.
NASA intends to plan its first manned mission to Mars in 2033, which includes landing on the Martian surface. But before that happens, humanity will first make a return trip to the moon during a year-long mission.
If the mission to Mars goes as planned, Carson may be among those who venture off into space.
Her goal would be to help conduct science experiments, look for signs of life, and help to grow food on Mars. After she's completed her mission, she has even more ambitious plans when she comes back to Earth. In an interview with Vogue, she said, "I did the same thing as other kids, like switching my mind about careers, wanting to be a teacher or the president one day. But the way I always thought about it was I would become an astronaut, go to Mars, come back, and then be a teacher or the President."
Source: Daily Mail
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