Veteran Space Camper, Just 12, Sets Sights Much Higher

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A celebrity of sorts is back in Huntsville this week.  Alyssa Carson isn’t even a teenager but she’s attended Space Camp so many times, she could practically be a counselor herself.

“You learn a little bit more each time you come,” said Alyssa.  This is her 11th Space Camp this week.  She’s been invited to attend international Space Camps in Turkey and Canada.

In October, the preteen became the first person to complete the NASA Passport Program, going to all 14 NASA visitor centers in the U.S.

She hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. However, she’s setting her sights much higher: Mars.

“My main goal is to be one of the first people to land on Mars, preferably around Valis Marinaris, which is the Grand Canyon on Mars,” Alyssa told us.

It’s quite a lofty goal, but Alyssa has passion.  She’s also got advice for other kids who want to follow their dreams, no matter what galaxy.

“Just go through almost all the options in your head, find a subject or something that really interests you, find careers that match with it and then just continue to do it and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t,” she said.

That’s good advice indeed.

Because of her determination, NASA is actually starting to use Alyssa as a spokesperson.  She will travel to Washington, D.C. on January 6th for a national symposium with NASA officials about the 2030 mission to Mars.


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