This 17-year-old could be the first human on Mars in 2033
When asked if she'll be ready for the 2033 mission, she replied, "Definitely."
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At three years old, she watched a cartoon of people going to Mars in the series, The Backyardigans. She told her father, “Daddy, I want to be an astronaut, and be one of the people that go to Mars.”
Fast-forward 14 years and she’s taken as much training as she can get, including simulations and underwater training. She can officially apply for NASA once she turns 18.
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In an interview with Teen Vogue, she laid out clearly what her ambitions are.
"I did the same thing as other kids, like switching my mind about careers, wanting to be a teacher or the president one day. But the way I always thought about it was I would become an astronaut, go to Mars, come back, and then be a teacher or the president."
Because NASA doesn’t accept applicants younger than 18, she has done most of her training in a citizen science program called Project Possum.
In a write-up on the Mars One website, her accomplishments are listed. Alyssa has achieved:
- Attend Space Camp 7 times, Space Academy 3 times and Robotics Academy 1 time
- Be the first person to complete all the NASA Space Camps in the world, including Space Camp Turkey and Space Camp Canada
- Witness 3 Space Shuttle launches
- Attend Sally Ride Camp at MIT, and three Sally Ride Day camps
- Speak several foreign languages: Spanish, French, Chinese and some Turkish
- Deliver motivational speeches to other children
Here's just a sample of that last one:
The photos were taken the same day as Russian cosmonauts investigated a mysterious hole discovered in one of the craft.
- The spacecraft belong to Russia and two private American aerospace companies.
- Six astronauts are currently aboard the International Space Station to conduct a variety of experiments.
- On Monday, Russian cosmonauts conducted a spacewalk to investigate the nature and cause of a mysterious 2-millimeter-wide hole in a Russian spacecraft.
On Friday, NASA's InSight Mars lander captured and transmitted historic audio from the red planet.
- The audio captured by the lander is of Martian winds blowing at an estimated 10 to 15 mph.
- It was taken by the InSight Mars lander, which is designed to help scientists learn more about the formation of rocky planets, and possibly discover liquid water on Mars.
- Microphones are essentially an "extra sense" that scientists can use during experiments on other planets.
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- Advertisers are increasingly using hyper-specific information on users, collected by big tech companies, to sell products.
- An open letter published Tuesday outlines how this kind of ad targeting can be not only creepy, but also inadvertently cruel and distressing.
- Also on Tuesday, the House questioned Google's CEO, partly on issues related to data privacy.
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