Good to Know: The Mission of 18-Year-Old Astronaut Alyssa Carson to Mars
It is safe to say that humanity has always been obsessed with outer space. But it took our technology to evolve until the opportunity to venture into space became a reality and the Space Race, as we know it, was born. And while in the last century, the race for space was primarily a competition between the Soviet Union and the United States, which was about to be the first to enter the moon, a drastic change has emerged in the 21
Going to Mars has been in talks for some time and now, with an official NASA plan, to send people to the red planet by the early 2030s, who will be the first to travel to the unknown? Meet Alyssa Carson, an 18-year-old astronaut who (literally) crosses borders on her mission to Mars and works toward her goal for most of her life.
Screen Shot talked to Carson about Mars, its involvement in the space industry, and the current state of the Space Race. "I was about 3 years old," Carson says when asked when her fascination with Mars began. She claims to have been inspired by Nickelodeon's "Mission to Mars" episode The Backyardigans and has since committed herself to the goal of entering Mars Carson is also the youngest person ever to appear in October 2016 15-year-old graduate and graduate of the Advanced Possum Academy Admission to space flight makes her the youngest astronaut in the world in training. She has participated in all 19 NASA space camps and is the only person in the world to complete the NASA passport program after visiting all locations. Hoping to go into space for the first time for a short research mission in the next year, Carson may be one of the first people to leave for Mars in the early 2030s.
"There's still a lot of challenges to accomplish this mission – there's the radiation levels, the simple idea of taking food for 2-3 years and coming back," says Carson. When NASA launched its Mars Odyssey spacecraft in 2001, it was equipped with a special radiation meter, the Martian Radiation Experiment (MARIE), and it detected about 8,000 milliradors per year, which is equivalent to 8 rads. By comparison, people in the world's most advanced countries are exposed to about 0.62 rads per year. Prolonged exposure to the concentrations found on Mars can lead to all sorts of health problems, such as acute radiation sickness, cancer, genetic damage, and even death.
None of this can stop Carson as she remains positive and confident The industry will be able to find solutions to all these problems before she sails to Mars. "I feel in pretty good hands," she says, believing that anyone who works to accomplish this mission has an immense passion and priority over security. And if they're even half as enthusiastic and determined as Carson himself, we can trust that.
This is an incredibly competitive industry, and Carson is not alone in her dream of traveling to space. "18,000 people are used and only 12 are selected." Asked what it's like to be a young woman in the industry, Carson encourages them to bring more women on board and create a more inclusive community within the industry, including queer people, as "there's a little bit of space in the space industry" , Although she mentions that NASA has set itself the goal of selecting half-male, half-female astronauts.
As in most industries, we could use more diversity, but the only thing we can not ignore is that there are many incredible and inspiring women "empowering the space industry," including Carson. But somehow the mainstream media almost always ignore this and focus their attention on men. When was the last time you read an article or listened to a space-based podcast that was not about Elon Musks SpaceX or Jeff Bezos & # 39; Blue Origin? Of course, this should not discredit the precious work of men or musk but it is time to engage women in the conversation.
As for the future of the industry, Carson believes that "space is booming," space tourism is growing and soon civilians will be able to travel into space (though I wonder what that costs).
But is it moving to another planet and starting to solve our many problems on Earth? "The reason we go to Mars is the next level of stability, and when we go to Mars, we have more materials and resources to offer," says Carson, who believes that the displacement into space is the survival of our species and pave the way for rapid developments in science and technology that would naturally improve life on Mars and on Earth.
But how do we ensure that we do not destroy Mars as we destroy ours? own planet, which is slowly steered into the downfall of the environment? "The ultimate goal is to provide for Mars," says Carson. The idea of starting from scratch is certainly appealing, but history tends to repeat itself, and we have to be very careful when inhabiting Mars or any other planet. Space is the place to reuse everything because there is a limited amount of resources we can take from the ground right from the start.
There is also the challenge of finding out how more and more resources can be transported (after) All in all, the journey to Mars currently lasts 7 months. Hopefully, if we want to colonize Mars, we will be much more careful than on our own planet.
Until then, we want to continue to celebrate women like Carson, who are constantly crossing borders and improving the space industry for the better.  Good to know: The mission of 18-year-old astronaut Alyssa Carson to Mars