17-year-old Alyssa Carson wants to be the first person on Mars
She’s shooting for the stars.
“I’m ready,” said Alyssa Carson, a now-17-year-old astronaut-in-training from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We were in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, a theme park in Orlando, Florida, standing in the entrance of The Incredible Hulk. It’s a rollercoaster that accelerates up to 67 miles per hour in 2 seconds and travels upside down seven times. I hadn’t eaten for hours in anticipation, but Alyssa was inhaling an ice cream sundae. “Do you want to wait until you’ve digested that?” I asked. “Nah,” she responded in her southern drawl. “Let’s go.”
For her, after all, riding the most aggressive rollercoaster in the park is not a big deal. If all goes according to her plans, NASA will send her to Mars in 2033, making her the first human to step foot on the planet. She will spend…
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