September 12, 2014. Today I went down to Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans, LA. I went to see the ribbon cutting of the VAC ( Vertical Assemble Center). This machine will take the SLS rocket barrels and stack as well as weld them together. Making the center core of the rocket. I loved hearing(…)
Hello, my name is Alyssa Carson and at the age of 3 I wanted to fulfill my dream of being an astronaut. I have been to Space Camp in Huntsville AL. 12 times. I attended Space Camp 7 times, Space Academy 3 times, Robotics Academy 1 time and Aviation Challenge 1 time. The first time I went to Space Camp I did a parent child camp with my dad and won the “Right Stuff Award”. They give this award to the person who they think has all the specialties to get this award. Other than Space Camp I have been to MIT for Sally Ride Camp, attended 3 Sally Ride Day camps, and have witnessed 3 Space Shuttle launches. I was invited and attended International Space Camp at Space Camp Turkey in August 2012 & Space Camp Canada in July 2013, becoming the first person to attend all three NASA Space Camps in the world. I was the only American kid there representing America, but it gave me a chance to practice my languages. I speak Spanish, French, Chinese and English and some Turkish from Space Camp Turkey.
On October 9, 2013 I became the first person to complete the NASA Passport Program, going to all 14 NASA Visitor Centers in the US. There was a ceremony for being the first at KSC on November 18, 2013 in connection with the MAVEN launch, which I also got to witness. I was invited by NASA to be on the MER 10 panel in Washington DC to discuss the future missions to Mars in the 2030s on January 7, 2014 live on NASA TV. February 14, 2014, I was honored to a full tour of Michoud seeing where the SLS rocket and Orion capsule is being built to take me to Mars. I also got to see the last external tank left in existence from the Shuttle. In the Summer of 2014 I gave a TEDx talk in Kalamata, Greece, spoke with kids at Space Camp Turkey, met with the Mars One team in the Netherlands, toured Cambridge and International Space University where I will attend college, attended Euro Space Camp in Belgium, National Space Center in the UK and graduated from National Flight Academy in Pensacola and VA Space Flight Academy at the NASA facility in Wallops Island, VA. I also graduated from Gladiator School in Rome. I hope to be the first or one of the first on Mars. I would love to go to Mars because it is a planet that no one has been before. It’s about the same size as the Earth and there are ice caps at the top and bottom of Mars. That means there is water on Mars. This could possibly be our next Earth. Just think about all the things that are in Space. For example: planets we have never explored, galaxies that we have never heard of, stars that are just babies, black holes that are as wide as the Sun to Pluto multiple times and has the mass of a billion suns, parts of the universe that we have never seen. Just think of all that stuff just floating around. It’s more than you can imagine. I AM THE MARS GENERATION
For those wondering where Blueberry comes from, it is my call sign that was given to me at my second Space Camp. I was wearing a deep blue flight suit and one of the smallest in my group. From that I was called Blueberry and have kept that as my call sign since then.
Please read my blog or visit my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nasablueberry to learn more about me and my mission to become the first person on Mars.