Twelve-year-old aspiring astronaut Alyssa Carson, call sign “Blueberry,” is crowdfunding for her upcoming summer, which consists of a schedule packed with space-based activities and events.
Because she’s been working hard on her dream since the age of 3, Alyssa already has an impressive resume.
Some of her accomplishments to date are:
1. Attended Space Camp 7 times.
2. Won the “Right Stuff Award.”
3. First person to complete the NASA Passport Program, going to all 14 NASA Visitor Centers in the US.
4. Examined the last external tank left in existence from the Shuttle.
5. Attended 3 Space Shuttle launches.
Alyssa’s summer plan is as follows:
June 4 - Fly out to Greece and participate in TED talks
June 8 - Space Camp Turkey exhibit dedication and speaking with the campers
June 11 - Leave Turkey and head to International Space University for tours and talks
June 18 - Leave ISS and head to St Georges to meet a French astronaut
June 20 - Head to UK for tours and talks at Oxford and Cambridge University
June 26 - Head to Netherlands to meet with the Mars One team
June 29 - July 4 Euro Space Camp with the European Space Agency
July 6 - Fly home
July 8 - Speaking engagement in Alexandria, LA
July 13 - 18 - National Flight Academy in Pensacola, FL
July 20 - 25 - Aviation Challenge Mach II Huntsville, AL (Space Camp)
July 27 - August 1 - VA Flight Academy Wallops Island, VA
TED is paying for flights and expenses until June 8th.
The rest of the expenses are rail passes, boat passes, hotels, food, camp tuitions, RV parking, gas, etc. The Carson family makes it an important point to travel as modestly as possible.
They have also made the commitment to use any excess funds on their next campaign, which will sponsor inner city kids and send them to space camps in partnership with Astronaut.com coming this summer.
Please check out the Indiegogo campaign and consider making a contribution. There are small $1 and $5 pledges available.
Alyssa’s Astronaut.com page: http://alyssacarson.astronaut.com/