In camps and training academies around the world, 17-year-old Alyssa Carson is preparing to realize her lifelong dream. Ever since she was a young girl, she has wanted to go to space – and now she is closer than ever to reaching the stars. And if she has her way, the mission will go down in history as one of the most ambitious of its kind.
Ever since it was founded in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – better known as NASA – has been at the forefront of mankind’s mission to conquer the stars. In fact, just 11 years later, the agency led the United States to victory, winning the Space Race to become the first country to land humans on the moon.
Today, a number of manned missions have explored the moon, while the International Space Station supports a small community of astronauts in orbit around the Earth. And in these exciting times, NASA has set its sights on the next frontier – the red planet of Mars, some 33.9 million miles away.