John Carter was the pilot who volunteered to pilot Earth's first colony ship to Mars.[1]

In 2169, using Jumpgate technology purchased from the Centauri Republic, Carter lead the first group of 768 colonists on an interplanetary flight, lasting only a few hours. After landing on Mars, the colonists begin construction of Mars Dome One, the new colonial capital.[2]

John Carter was killed on November 15th, 2177 when a bomb planted by an Earth isolationist movement destroys Dome One, killing Carter along with 486 others.[2]

Carter is still remembered well into the 23rd Century and even has a street named after him in the rebuilt Mars Dome One.[3] His family are also still living on the colony, with his great-granddaughter Amanda Carter counted among his descendants.[1]