7th grader's mission to Mars
BATON ROUGE - A seventh grader in Baton Rouge has her mind on a mission that's out of this world.
Alyssa Carson is an astronaut in training at just 12 years old. She just came home from a meeting with NASA in Washington, where she served on a panel discussing the mission to Mars in the 2030's. Her passion to explore the red planet started when Carson was just three years old. Since then, she's traveled the world, attending space camps and being a motivational speaker for kids. Her dream is to be one of the first people on Mars.
"I understand that there are risks in going to Mars because obviously there are risks in doing anything," Alyssa said. "I love how no one's been there before and you don't know what's on the surface. We have rovers, but no human has seen it with their own eyes and I would just love to walk on the red surface and explore."
Carson is the first to go to every space camp in the world. She writes about her adventures on her website.
Her father, Bert Carson, is with her every step of the way. He said her passion opens more doors for her than he can get her through, so they just keep moving forward toward her dream.