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Alex Longo at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, in October 2015. Photo Bill Ingalls/NASA.
NPR reports, "NASA's next Mars rover mission doesn't launch until 2020, but the process of picking a landing site is already underway. Right now, one of the leading suggestions comes from a teenager who has yet to finished high school.
Alex Longo, of Raleigh, N.C., has been a fan of space exploration for almost as long as he can remember.
'My first experience with space exploration was in 2005,' he says. 'I was just 5 years old, and mom and dad had me watch a space shuttle launch.'
Watching that shuttle launch was the start. Longo decided he not only wanted to go into space himself someday, he wanted to be the first person to walk on Mars."
Read the entire article here.
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