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Jacksonville Teen Sets Sights On Mars


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.

Richardson spoke about her mission on Monday’s First Coast Connect.

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 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,” he 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’s 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.