NASA’s recruitment for a Planetary Protection Officer has created an ambiance of exhilaration among the public as the selected candidate would get paid $187,000 (£141,000). However, the job is not easy that is why NASA is ready to give a hefty salary for the post.
When US space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) offered the opening of a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ vacancy, hardly they know it would cross the age limitations and get a zealous letter from a 9-year old kid.
In a letter dated August 3, fourth-grader Jack Davis in New Jersey applies for a planetary protection officer job opening at NASA. Considering himself a Guardian of the Galaxy, Jack Davis asserted that despite his young age, he is fit for the job.
Jack writes “One of the reasons is my sister thinks I’m an alien,” revealing the source of his expertise he stated that he has great video game skills and have watched almost all the space and alien movies he can see. In the end of the letter, he signs the letter, “Jack, Guardian of the Galaxy.”
Dr. James L. Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division penned a response letter to the kid Jack, “I hear you are a ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ and that you’re interested in being a NASA Planetary Protection Officer. That’s great!”
NASA writes in a press release that “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”
This young space enthusiast also received a call from Jonathan Rall, NASA’s planetary research director “to congratulate him on his interest in the position”, the press release added.
The title of the post itself suggests that the job is to prevent the destruction of our Earth. Though, it requires a broader focus. The employee will actually be accountable for serving to prevent NASA from damaging other worlds just as much as they are guarding the Earth.