The First Human On Mars: Who Is 17 Year-Old Alyssa Carson?

Think about what you were doing at the age of seventeen. Chances are, it was nothing like this! While space and all its wonders have been at the forefront of human exploration for decades, no one imagined that a 17-year-old girl from Baton Rouge, Louisiana would be the first human to possibly visit Mars. With her training to become an astronaut by NASA, Alyssa Carson has everything going for her and then some. She’s determined to visit the mystery planet by 2033, and show all of us that the sky isn’t really the limit and that anything is possible.

Not Just A Pipe Dream

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Photo: Alyssa Carson/Instagram

Ever since she was a little girl, Alyssa Carson had her heart set on the stars and the planets among them. At just 3-years-old, after seeing the TV show, The Backyardigans, she told her father: “Daddy, I want to be an astronaut, and be one of the people that go to Mars.”

While most kids have the ability to dream big, Carson’s father had no idea that his daughter’s spontaneous childhood dream would become a reality, leading her into a journey of a lifelong endeavor. Alyssa lives by her own quote of, “Always follow your dream and don’t let anyone take it from you.” Wise words from someone so young- she is beyond her years!