Alyssa Carson is anything but the average 13-year-old. In fact, she’s anything but average when it comes to just reaching her teenage years. That’s what makes her claim about being the first human to reach Mars, and walk on the planet, even more impressive.
However, after an interview with the BBC, it became clear that her dreams were anything but something just dreamt up the night before. When Carson was 4-years-old, she began “training,” to be the first person to reach Mars. And that ambition didn’t die over the years, it only invigorated.
“As I get older, and I continue to do more things the resume will just eventually get longer.” 13-year-olds don’t typically think about, much less, talk about resumes – or how they will appear down the line – but this is an absolutely rare exception.
Her attitude, and her drive toward this seemingly cosmic goal isn’t something that NASA isn’t taking seriously, either. Carson has been to NASA’s Space Academy three times in her life, she has a running and currently maintained website to chronicle her ambitions – which are well-planned, by the way – and can speak Spanish, French, and Chinese fluently.
She has more than just an impressive resume and lofty goals though, at age 13. She’s intelligent and is wise far beyond her years. She’s already given a Ted talk in Greece and will soon be appearing on Jeopardy.
However, science is helping Carson’s dream become a reality with something called therapeutic hypothermia. According to scientists, this will be the method by which astronauts reach Mars, which takes 6-months to travel to.
Scientists have actually developed a pretty steadfast approach for this type of scenario, too. Assuming three individuals made the voyage to Mars, the scenario scientists point out would include two of the individuals remaining in a state of hibernation, or therapeutic hypothermia – rendering them unconscious, but physically maintained, while one individual was awake to maintain emails, manage the craft, and make sure the other two individuals would remain physically alive.
The three of them would rotate which individual would be awake, never staying conscious for too long. This will make the trip more affordable, and more easily maintained, scientists contend. They also believe that this will be available in the next 30 years, and that fits almost perfectly in line with what Carson’s goal is. She says that she will be on Mars by 2033.
Now, it becomes a race between Carson, and NASA to see who will be right with a human reaching Mars.