Alyssa Carson

Astronaut Trainee (Advanced Possum Academy), Future Mars Walker

At just three years old, Alyssa Carson knew she wanted to be an astronaut, and since then, she’s worked tirelessly. Now, aged 18, Carson could soon become the first human to set foot on Mars — even if it means never returning back to Earth.

Carson’s list of accomplishments include being the youngest person to have graduated the Advanced Space Academy, becoming the first person to attend all three NASA Space Camps in the world, and being the youngest person to have graduated the Advanced Possum Academy officially making her an astronaut trainee certified to go to space.

In January 2013, NASA invited Carson to be on the MER 10 panel in Washington DC to discuss future missions to Mars live on NASA TV. She was later selected as one of seven ambassadors representing Mars One, a mission to establish a human colony on Mars in 2030.