Former and aspiring astronauts speak at EAA Museum's Space Day

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) -- EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh went beyond the earth's atmosphere on Saturday and dedicated the experience to space travel.

Al Worden is one of 24 people in the Apollo program to leave earth to study the moon.

Worden did that as part of the Apollo 15 mission.

“I carried a very complicated, large, scientific package into lunar orbit that I used to photograph the moon. I photographed about 25 percent of the moon while I was there,” said Worden.

Now he spends a majority of his time doing charitable work such as speaking at events like Space Day at the EAA museum and advocating for STEM education.

“What I tell young people is that the future of humanity is in your hands,” said Worden. “I think that it's really important that young people today understand how serious and how important it is to get a good education in the stem courses.”

One young person doing that is Alyssa Carson. The 17-year-old is hoping to one day be an astronaut and the hard work and training has already started.

“I first started by just going to space camp and those kinds of things, and learning anything I could about space. Then it finally evolved into joining a citizens science program called Project Possum and with that I was actually working towards an applied astronautics degree and so to do that I was doing different courses, some master level courses,” said Carson.

She has her sights set on being the first kid in space and is already doing training to go to Mars in the early 2030s.

She says for her, it's all about inspiring kids to follow their dreams.

“Almost being another inspiration and kids having someone else to look up to, even close to their age would be amazing. Then they could say, ‘hey they did it, they made it to space then so could I,’” said Carson.