From a Childhood Dream to The First Person On Mars | Alyssa Carson | TEDxKlagenfurt

Published on 10 Sep 2019 / In Non-profits & Activism

Did you dream about becoming an astronaut when you were little? Alyssa Carson did. Ever since she was a little girl, she has had her heart set on the stars. Not only did she dream of it, but she has also actually achieved it! In this TEDxTalk, she shares her journey from a childhood dream of becoming an astronaut to quite a realistic chance of being one of the first people on Mars. At just 18 years old, Alyssa is the first person to attend all three NASA Space Camps in the world, as well as to complete the NASA Passport program, visiting all 14 NASA Visitor Centers stretching across 9 states. Moreover, she is the youngest to be accepted and graduate the Advanced Possum Academy, officially making her certified to go to space and an astronaut trainee in 2016. Also, she is one of seven ambassadors representing Mars One, a mission to establish a human colony on Mars in 2030. To find out more about Alyssa, follow her on Instagram or visit her website This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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