Aspiring Astronaut Alyssa Carson speaks at the Kemp Center

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - A 17-year old girl with a bold dream was in Wichita Falls Saturday to visit and speak at the Kemp Center for the Arts.

Alyssa Carson came to talk about space and her dream of being the first human to walk on Mars.

Carson, also known by her call-sign Blueberry, has undergone a diverse and intensive series of training programs to prepare for the mission to Mars, which will hopefully take place around 2033.

She says her dream all began after seeing an episode of a cartoon when she was three years old about a mission to Mars.

"After watching that I started asking my dad all these questions about you know can people go to Mars, can I go to Mars and then after that my dad was just like sure," Carson said.

She said after that, she would look for books, videos, maps, anything about space she could find.

"I found out about Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama and so I went to that when I was 7 and then that kinda just really just pushed me over the edge," she said. "I learned everything I was wanting to know and then I just kinda decided then on and never really let go of that passion."

Alyssa talked to those who attended about the space program and opportunities in it. She also told the young kids in the room to never give up on your dream, no matter how crazy it may sound.

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