While she has not yet stepped on the red planet, clearly, Alice Carson is not young centuries of elementary dreams. Quite the opposite. He showed this with his convincing determination that appeared at 3 years, when he knew he wanted to be an astronaut to reach the dry red earth on Mars.
Carson visited Argentina this week for the first time during the celebration of the first anniversary of the Women in the News Network initiative, and this professional women's network in Latin America took the opportunity to meet for a debate on journalism for the future and chose for Alice as the main speaker. Astronaut teenager Provide the perfect frame for conversation the importance of pursuing professional dreams.
Alice did not dream in the air. He did so with the unconditional support of his family, and especially his father, Brett Carson. He addressed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, known as NASA, and encouraged her to begin rigorous, difficult and long physical and mental training to report as a crew member and to colonize the red planet.
"I insisted that my father ended up writing me in space camps" or space camps organized by NASA, Carson told the interested audience. Little by little, a crazy idea of childhood was shaped above all by the reality.
In return, this beautiful and bold 18-year-old girl knew how to direct her convictions through effort and sacrifice. And his family knows that the day will come when he must go (to the universe).
Alice with great devotion took over the new work of the international lecturer, her already heavy training as an astronaut, which not only slows her down because she knows new places in the world (on planet Earth), but she also wants to inspire young people not to give up their dreams, "to be realized".
"We have to say what we are dreaming about," Alice remarked that during his short life he speaks in 4 languages: English (his mother tongue), Chinese, French and Spanish.
Yesterday, on Wednesday in the Patricius district, in the offices of consultant Akkuentura, Alice proved to be the perfect speaker. It is impossible to achieve empathy with it and not become an inexhaustible source of admiration. "Because (I was clear I wanted to travel to Mars), I did not stop searching for books and videos about Mars," explained the young astronaut.
After I entered NASA, I went through many different practices and learning lessons. In addition, Carson plans to enter the renowned MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in order to graduate as an astrobiologist.
Alice was the first person to complete NASA's passport program when she was at the age of twelve at the last of the fourteen visitors' centers and won the prize. A reward for real things.
In order to take into account the vast mission that Alice wants to pinpoint, Argentine engineer Miguel San Martin, a NASA researcher, He discovered that "landing on Mars is a thousand times harder than putting a man on the moon. Since it is farther, because the astronaut should be exposed to radiation, high speeds are achieved, and then off the Mars, which has a much higher gravity, a larger rocket is needed. "
"To take all of these steps will be very difficult, we do not know how we can do it today." To get to the moon, it takes two Saturn 5 for two children to put a flag, but for Mars we will need about five Saturn 5 to fly, "he said.
"NASA is building a Saturn 5 rocket, a size and capsule of the type" Apollo ", but it's bigger to get into the orbit of the Earth. They should stay one or two years waiting for the planets to line up to make the return, "San Martin added.
Mars One venture, a private project that prepares the dream and funding the colonialization of Mars, is almost obsessed with Alice. We already knew the estimate that the payment of the first flight on the red planet would oscillate about six billion dollars. The intention is to send more astronauts every two years for a cost of four billion dollars.
Carson trains Marshall Space Flight Center several hours a day, and Monday through Monday. And visit NASA training camps and perform experiments and practices with elements of robotics and aviation.
His perseverance and conviction for his dreams were the great engine to date. However, Alice does not point out her interest only to Mars, but plans to enter MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to graduate as an astrobiologist.
For many people, reaching Mars is still impossible, but in his speech Carson noted that "it is possible in 2030 to have people who conduct research on Mars and in the future people could live there."