An Interview With ALYSSA CARSON: 19 Year Old Future Mars Walker

An Interview With ALYSSA CARSON: 19 Year Old Future Mars Walker

“Always follow your dreams and don’t let anybody take it away from you.”

Alyssa Carson (a.k.a Nasa blueberry) was born on March 10, 2001, in Hammond, Louisiana. After watching an episode of The Backyardigans about space travel, three year old Carson told her father that she wanted to become an astronaut and visit Mars. She graduated from Baton Rouge International School, a pre-school through 12th grade private school in 2019. Currently, Carson is studying astrobiology at the Florida Institute of Technology. She previously attended classes focused on space physiology at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University.

In 2014, Carson was the first person to complete the “NASA Passport Program” visiting each of NASA’s fourteen visitor’s centers across nine states. She was then invited to participate as a panelist at the MER (Mars Exploration Rover) 10 Panel at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

At just 19 years old, Alyssa’s list of accomplishments include witnessing 3 Space Shuttle launches, attending Space Camp 7 times, Space Academy 3 times, Robotics Academy once, youngest to graduate Advanced Space Academy, and multiple Sally Ride Camps. In 2012 and 2013, she furthered her education at Space Camp Turkey and Space Camp Canada, becoming the first person to attend all three NASA Space Camps in the world. 

Alyssa was also selected as one of seven ambassadors representing Mars One, a mission to establish a human colony on Mars in 2030.  In 2016, Alyssa was the youngest to be accepted and graduate from the Advanced Possum Academy, officially making her certified to go to space and an astronaut trainee.

Alyssa has also self-published “So, You Want to Be an Astronaut” in 2018, a book she wrote based on her passion for space flight. She has given several TEDx talks encouraging young girls to pursue careers in STEM. 

In 2014, Carson was featured as the Youngest Female Groundbreaker on the Steve Harvey talk show. Carson was featured in the 2017 documentary, The Mars Generation. 

In 2017, Carson was named one of nine Louisiana Young Heroes, an award given to exceptional high school students by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. In 2019, Carson was given the LSU Women’s Center Esprit de Femme Award and was the youngest recipient of that award to date. Carson was honored by Louisiana Life magazine as a 2020 Louisianan of the Year in the science category. 

Alyssa is driven by an insatiable desire to live life to the fullest; to break through the ceiling of possibility and make a positive and lasting impact on the world. She is always breaking the paradigm, and strongly believes that if you are passionate about something, you can surely achieve it. 

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Krisha Khandelwal

Krisha is a freshman in high school. She is an International Chess Player and a trained Indian Classical Singer. She is extremely passionate about STEM, Writing and Reading, and advocates actively for mental health awareness. She is the co-founder of “Project Injoy”, a non-profit which empowers young children and helps them unlock their true potential

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