19-year-old astronaut, Alyssa Carson hopes to become the first person ever to walk on Mars.
Alyssa Carson was born in Louisiana, March 2001, has a keen interest in all things related to space from the age of three.
At a young age she got inspired by a space-themed episode of The Backyardigans, and since then remained focused on her space career
Alyssa so far has attended every single space camp available and is the youngest-ever person to graduate at the age of 16 years from the Advanced Space Academy.
She is also the first person to complete the NASA Passport Program by attending each of its 14 visitor centres across nine different states in 2014.
Currently, at 19, Carson is part of a group of young astronauts who will hopefully be space explorers to land on and walk upon the surface of Mars.
The team looks forward to resuming space exploration once the coronavirus pandemic gets over.
Alyssa Carson has nearly 20,000 people following on Twitter, significant following on Instagram, and on TikTok more than 109,000 followers along with 1.2 million likes.
In this lockdown and social distancing period, Alyssa utilises her time by studying and has also increased her online presence in this period.
Her social media handles are under the name ‘NASA Blueberry’, She mentions to Business Insider,
“I got ‘Blueberry’ because the second time I went to space camp when I was really little, I wanted one of the blue flight suits that I saw everyone wearing because I wanted to be an astronaut, so I wanted to look like one. I was too short and small to fit in any of the flight suits, so my dad ended up finding this knockoff, like not really the right shade of blue.”
She further adds ‘We’re kind of translating space talk and doing science experiments on TikTok,’
‘It’s definitely a lot of the science geeks trying to learn this new TikTok thing, but it’s about being entertaining while talking about science.’
NASA aims to make humans land on Mars by 2030
Carson says, ‘I definitely think that Mars kind of needs that same push. So, it’s kind of either teaching or inspiring or helping people to either want to get involved in the space program in some way or just want to support it.’
Discussing meeting her idol and former astronaut, Sandra Magnus, she told, ‘That inspired me and told me that it didn’t really matter how old I was when I decided this, that I could actually successfully do it in the future.’
‘So it’s just kind of been a little push and a little motivation to kind of keep me working towards my dream,’ she said.