By Katra Quinn, Editor, Astronaut.com
Astronaut.com first heard about Alyssa Carson through little anecdotes about this amazing girl who wanted to be the first person to land on Mars, and all she was doing to get there. (We’re jealous she’s gotten to go be with our friends at Space Camp over seven times!) Astronaut.com is proud to support Alyssa in her efforts by sharing her story and adventures as she strives to become an astronaut. To follow Alyssa’s future progress, keep checking back on our site as we follow her on her journey to go to Mars!
At age 3, Alyssa Carson went to her father, Bert, and asked a question about space. Bert spoke about the stars, the sun and how we had sent people to the moon but hadn’t been able to send humans any further than that. “I explained to her that people her age would probably go to Mars,” Bert laughs, “And I thought that was the end of our discussion.”
Daddy, I Want to Be An Astronaut
A week later Alyssa announced, “Daddy, I want to be an astronaut, and be one of the people that go to Mars.”
Bert says “I told her, ‘Whatever you want to be, whatever you want to do, you can do it.’ I mean, at 3, kids say they want to be policemen, astronauts … I didn’t take it too seriously.”
Alyssa’s interest in space continued as she grew, but it wasn’t until she was 5 that Bert began to really take her dream seriously. “I walked into her room one day and there she was, studying a map of Mars. I asked her what she was doing and she explained to me how we – not they – “we” — were preparing to go to Mars, where we would land, how the whole process would work … she had really studied it and thought it through. That’s when I began to think that maybe being an astronaut was what she was truly meant to do and I began to look for ways to support her.”