Melissa Ross: Teen Sets Sights on Mars

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Aspiring astronaut Taylor Richardson seeks to be the first African-American woman to go to Mars. Learn from her what she is doing to prepare herself for this task and journey on First Coast Connect, with Melissa Ross, after the jump!

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About Taylor Richardson:
A 12-year-old Jacksonville girl is setting her sights on space. Taylor Richardson hopes to be the first African American woman to set foot on Mars. Taylor, a Fletcher Middle School honor roll student, has racked up more than 100 hours of community service, donated more than 700 books to charity, completed a triathlon and is a Girl Scout. Accomplishing seemingly everything she’s set out to do, how does she manage all of that?

“I’m magical, I guess,” she said.

Now she’s setting her sights on something out of this world: a trip to Mars. Taylor said she’s always been interested in science, but it wasn’t until she read about the first black female astronaut Mae Carol Jemison that she made space exploration a goal of hers.

“I just got inspired about space and wanted to be the first African-American girl to go to Mars,” she said.

Richardson has received awards from Florida Governor Rick Scott and was invited to attend an event at the White House a couples weeks ago. She said she hopes her success inspires other girls her age to be interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

“They can do whatever they put their mind to and just never give up,” she said.

Richardson will take part in her third space camp this summer in Texas.


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