Alyssa Carson (a.k.a Nasa blueberry) was born on March 10, 2001, in Hammond, Louisiana. After watching an episode of The Backyardigans about space travel, three year old Carson told her father that she wanted to become an astronaut and visit Mars. She graduated from Baton Rouge International School, a pre-school through 12th grade private school in 2019. Currently, Carson is studying astrobiology at the Florida Institute of Technology. She previously attended classes focused on space physiology at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University.
According to Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Girls Who Code and author of the international bestseller Brave not Perfect, well-meaning adults often teach girls from an early age to be polite, ladylike, and accommodating.
Girls are seen as something flimsy that needs protecting. Meanwhile, boys are guerdoned for showing up and showing out; whoever climbs the highest, plays the hardest, jumps the farthest is celebrated as superior. It buttresses the idea that girls should be prudent and boys should take risks.