When Alyssa Carson was three years old, she turned to her father and told him she wanted to become an astronaut.
Although it is a dream of many young children, the fast teenager quickly makes her a reality – and has been named the most likely candidate in the world to land on Mars in 2030; and Alyssa has taken on more than the challenge.
The 18-year-old is an ambassador for Mars One 2030, a mission to establish a human colony on the planet, and is just as advanced in her training as astronauts who are ten years older than they are.
& # 39; I know that when I was three years old and said I wanted to become an astronaut and eventually go to Mars, it was definitely the craziest dream I could have chosen – and one of the most difficult, & # 39; Alyssa told FEMAIL.
Alyssa Carson  from Louisiana wants to become an astronaut from the age of three and her dream is quickly becoming reality
& # 39; But the more I work on it, it becomes more and more a reality. & # 39;
Alyssa has qualified at seven space camps around the world, making it the first person to attend all three NASA space camps worldwide.
At the age of 12, she became the first to complete the NASA passport program in November 2013, after training at all 14 NASA locations in nine states.
She is already certified for suborbital flights and is now waiting to start a university course in astrobiology, before becoming a full-fledged astronaut.
In 2016, Space X chief executive Elon Musk warned that the first trips to the Red Planet & # 39; very dangerous & # 39; be at high risk of death.
She is already certified for suborbital flights and is now waiting to start a university course in astrobiology, before becoming a full-fledged astronaut. Pictured with space tourist baggage approved by NASA, which she designed in collaboration with Horizn Studios
But in the mind of Alyssa, the benefits and experience far outweigh the potential risks.
& # 39; I wouldn't say I'd be scared, & # 39; she said. & # 39; There is always a risk with a mission, whether it is something that goes up or that we wait another 50 years for the technology to develop.
& # 39; It is only part of the mission to accept; you clearly hope for a good execution of the mission, you trust the people who came there, but there is no way to guarantee that a mission to space or to Mars will never be without any risk.
& # 39; I have learned so many of the risks that arise from space travel that they do not have to be scary for me now. & # 39;
Alyssa has recently partnered with Horizn Studios to create a special NASA approved limited edition & # 39; smart & # 39; to design a suitcase to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing next week.
In Alyssa & # 39; s opinion, the benefits and experience of space travel – especially a mission to Mars – far outweigh the potential risks. Shown during her PoSSUM training
The futuristic luggage, which costs £ 40,000, can be folded, laundry cleaned and you can stream the galaxy to people at home.
If Alyssa were selected to be part of the crew of the Mars mission, it would mean that she would have to leave her friends and family for up to three years – possibly longer.
But while she admits that this is the & # 39; hardest part & # 39; of the mission, it is a sacrifice that she is willing to make.
& # 39; I feel that many people are already doing this here on earth, & # 39; she reasoned.
Alyssa visited space camps from the age of seven and qualified for seven years
& # 39; People in the army will leave their families for months and serve or work in another country.
& # 39; But since we're talking about a mission to Mars, it's something we've never done before, so it sounds super extreme and crazy. But I certainly think that people have already fought that and I would not be unique in that sense. & # 39;
Alyssa said that traveling to Mars is a kind of & # 39; circle & # 39; because she would finally complete something she has been working on for so long.
& # 39; I would feel very honored to even be selected and to apply everything I have studied, my scientific background, to a mission and possibly help and be somehow part of it, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; That is really the ultimate goal to just be part of it and make a difference. & # 39;
Alyssa admitted that people often underestimate her knowledge and the amount of training she has done because of her age.
& # 39; They will try to speak like a stupid version of space talk to me, & # 39; she admitted.
& # 39; Although the mission to Mars is the ultimate goal, much of my life right now is speaking and inspiring children and doing as much as I can to make the general public more aware of a mission to Mars & # 39;
The futuristic Horizn luggage, which costs £ 40,000, can fold up, clean laundry and let you stream the galaxy to people at home
Although there is no age limit when applying to become an astronaut, Alyssa needs a bachelor's degree that she is about to study for in Florida
Alyssa remembers her interest in space arising from watching an episode of the cartoon The Backyardigans called Mission to Mars.
& # 39; I had hung up the poster for that TV show in my room, and I went and asked my father a lot of questions about the space and about Mars, and if there were any people there, & she recalled.
& # 39; No one in my family had a background in science or space, so he actually just told me what he knew about the moon landings. That led to everything and my passion continued. & # 39;
She admitted she was much better at science and math at school than she was English – grammar & # 39; made her angry & # 39; – but she always tried to stay on top of her school work.
& # 39; I didn't want to be able to do anything with the space because I forgot to do my homework, & # 39; she said.
Alyssa remembers her interest in space arising from watching an episode of the cartoon The Backyardigans called Mission to Mars. Depicted in the space camp in her early teens
& # 39; I did a lot of schoolwork while traveling, and just kept a balanced life, still hanging out with my friends. We try to fit in as much as possible. & # 39;
Alyssa & # 39; s passion for the universe was fueled by attending space camps from the age of seven, leading to her completion of the NASA passport program.
She was determined to do her & # 39; resume & # 39; to stand out – a tip given to her by Bill Parsons, former director of NASA & # 39; s Kennedy Space Center – and she hopes that this impressive acolade, along with a diving license, parachuting and pilot license, will help her in her quest to become an astronaut.
Although there is no age limit when applying to become an astronaut, Alyssa needs a Bachelor's degree under her belt
This performance was invited to her by NASA two months later in January 2013 to sit on the MER 10 panel in Washington DC to discuss future missions to Mars live on NASA TV.
When she turned 15, Alyssa started her & # 39; more realistic & # 39; training and was the youngest person ever admitted to the prestigious PoSSUM academy in 2016.
This led to her being certified to go into space, to a certain extent.
& # 39; The goal of Project PoSSUM is to study the Earth's upper atmosphere, but they do have a plan to do a submorbary mission to collect a monster from a cloud, which is one of their most important areas of interest is, & # 39; Alyssa explained.
& # 39; With them I can do sub-orbital space flight training; we do micro gravity flights, test space suits, survival and decompression training and we also work with the spaceship company to help them with their development.
& # 39; These trainings will eventually apply if I apply to become an astronaut because they work in the same way as the space training. & # 39;
Although there is no age limit when applying to become an astronaut, Alyssa needs a bachelor's degree under her belt – which she is about to study for in Florida.
She is taking an astrobiology course and hopes that she will eventually be able to apply this knowledge to a mission to Mars.
Alyssa said the idea of undergoing a prophylactic operation does not get in the way of her because they would not remove anything she needed
For every astronaut who is planning to travel to the Red Planet, there is a possibility that she will have to undergo prophylactic surgical procedures as a preventive measure, such as removing her tonsils.
But this does not confuse the brave Alyssa, because she said they would not take away anything that & # 39; important & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; If something went wrong on the mission to Mars – for example, you broke your appendix – that wouldn't be great, but if you didn't have it in the first place, you avoided this problem & she explained.
& # 39; The idea of surgery is not so frightening for me. At the moment I have the feeling that I have had a bad throat, so often my tonsils should probably have been removed! & # 39;
Alyssa has already met a number of astronauts who inspired her, including the American NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus when she was nine.
Alyssa has already met a number of astronauts who inspired her, but would love to meet Elon Musk
& # 39; I asked her when she decided to become an astronaut and she told me she was around nine herself, & # 39; Alyssa revealed.
& # 39; Just talking to her really inspired me and showed me that you can decide what you want to do when you are young and work hard and that it can really come true in the end.
& # 39; Every astronaut I encounter is clear that they have paved the way for future astronauts, so it's really great to hear from them.
& # 39; I would like to meet Elon Musk, we always miss each other a little and go in different places, just like Neil deGrasse Tyson. I heard him talking, I spoke to him, but meeting him personally would be really great, he is an astrophysicist. & # 39;
While lands in space would be the ultimate achievement, Alyssa said it is just as important for her to inspire children of her generation and show that they can truly follow their childhood dreams.
& # 39; You don't have to wait to study what you are passionate about, & # 39; she said.
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