Alyssa Carson is training to be one of the first people to step on Mars — and she's only in the seventh grade.
The teen from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has already proved her incredible determination at just 13 years old: She became the first person to attend all three NASA world space camps in the world.
She's attended Space Camp seven times and the Robotics Academy, and has attended Sally Ride Camp at MIT.
She's witnessed three space shuttle launches, regularly delivers motivational speeches, and says that "failure is not an option" for her.
Oh, and she speaks Spanish, French, Chinese, and some Turkish.
Here she is hanging out with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden.
In fact, her Twitter account is a stream of photos of her hanging out with astronauts.
Alyssa's call sign is "Blueberry," and she says it was given to her at her second Space Camp because she was wearing a deep blue flight suit and was one of the smallest in her group.
Alyssa ends her description with "I AM THE MARS GENERATION" because she is that awesome.
Alyssa hopes to study at Cambridge, complete a master's at the International Space University in France, and then obtain a doctorate in astrophysics or astrobiology.
Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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