If we’re going to go ahead and colonize another planet, we might as well fill it with the smartest, most excellent people. We’re going to start from zero and build human civilization from the ground up (that’s what we’re going there for, aren’t we? Not just to dig red dirt!) so it only makes sense begin with good human material since we know how bad bad can get. Which makes Alyssa Carson one of the best choices to be the first humans on mars!

Alyssa is one of seven ambassadors representing Mars One, a mission to establish a human colony on Mars in 2030. Here’s how Alyssa’s profile reads In her website, nasablueberry.com: “Ever since she was a little girl, Alyssa Carson has had her heart set on the stars. At only 3 years old, she told her father, “Daddy, I want to be an astronaut, and be one of the people that go to Mars.” He had no idea that this seemingly offhand  statement would actually become the birth of a meaningful lifelong endeavor. 

“At just 19 years old, Alyssa’s list of accomplishments include witnessing 3 Space Shuttle launches, attending Space Camp 7 times, Space Academy 3 times, Robotics Academy once, youngest to graduate Advanced Space Academy, and multiple Sally Ride Camps. In 2012 and 2013, she furthered her education at Space Camp Turkey and Space Camp Canada, becoming the first person to attend all three NASA Space Camps in the world. Alyssa is also the first to complete the NASA Passport program, visiting all 14 NASA Visitor’s Centers stretching across 9 states. In January 2013, NASA invited her to be on the MER 10 panel in Washington DC to discuss future missions to Mars live on NASA TV. In October of 2016 Alyssa was the youngest to be accepted and graduate the Advanced Possum Academy, officially making her certified to go to space and an astronaut trainee.”

It’s both exciting and a bit unnerving to know that Alyssa is going to mars. If it’s going to be a one-way trip, Alyssa will never see earth once she gets out of it and it will fall on her and the other mars ambassadors to set up the red planet for the future of all of us.