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NASA job: 9-year-old boy applies for Planetary Protection Officer post to save Earth from aliens

While The Title Of The Job Suggests That The 'Planetary Protection Officer' Is Supposed To Prevent The Destruction Of The Earth, But The Job Requires A Broader Focus. The Officer Will Actually Be Responsible For Helping To Prevent NASA From Destroying Other Worlds Just As Much As They Are Protecting The Earth.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Himani Garg | Updated on: 07 Aug 2017, 12:45:13 PM
NASA's planetary protection officer job: 9-year-old writes a hand-written application, US space agency responds

New Delhi:

When US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), offered the job opening for a 'Planetary Protection Officer', liitle did they know that it would cross all the age barriers and receive a zealous letter from a 9-year-old.

Jack Davis, a fourth-grader in New Jersey wrote a hand-written letter to NASA asking if he could apply for the position. Describing himself as a “Guardian of the Galaxy”, Jack asserted that despite his young age, he thinks he would be "fit for the job".

Adding up to his abilities he stated that he has great video game skills and has seen many space movies, that would make him perfect for the position.

Seeing a streak in this young space enthusiast, Dr. James L. Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, responded to Jack's letter, writing that the “I hear you are a ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ and that you’re interested in being a NASA Planetary Protection Officer. That’s great!”

“Although the Planetary Protection Officer position may not be in real-life what the title conjures up, it does play an important role in promoting the responsible exploration of our solar system by preventing microbial contamination of other planets and our own”, NASA writes in the press release.

Jonathan Rall - NASA's planetary research director - also rang up Davis "to congratulate him on his interest in the position", the press release further added.

The job opening for a 'Planetary Protection Officer' has created a lot of excitement among the public as it will pay whopping $187,000 (£141,000) to the selected candidate for this role.

However, the job is not easy and comes with a lot of complications which is why NASA is giving away a hefty salary for the post. 

Read more: Gigantic storm about the size of Earth observed on Neptune

While the title of the job suggests that the 'Planetary Protection Officer' is supposed to prevent the destruction of the Earth, but the job requires a broader focus. The officer will actually be responsible for helping to prevent NASA from destroying other worlds just as much as they are protecting the Earth.

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First Published : 05 Aug 2017, 10:43:49 AM

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