9-year-old applies for NASA planetary protection job

Eloi Lecerf
Agosto 5, 2017

"My sister says I'm an alien, also I have seen nearly all the space and alien movies I can see", Jack wrote. The fourth grader closed the letter by describing himself as a guardian of the galaxy.

NASA's recent announcement about a position as Planetary Protection Officer drew the attention of 9-year-old Jack Davis, who believes he is the right fit for the job. "My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job".

Nasa recently made waves online with the news emerged of a new job opportunity to fill the position of Planetary Protection Officer.

Green said in a separate release that any opportunity to connect with a young mind is a great opportunity for the space agency.

Dr. James L. Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, promptly responded to Jack's inquiry, writing that the "position is really cool and is very important work".

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Candidates must have "advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection", experience overseeing nationally significant space programs and have demonstrated "skills in diplomacy that resulted in win-win solutions during extremely hard and complex multilateral discussion". It's also about protecting the other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System.

He explained that the organization is always looking for bright future scientists and engineers and that they hope to see him at NASA one day soon!

The youngster, called Jack Davis sent the USA space agency a handwritten letter applying for the role, which is set to involve preventing "organic-consituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration".

He goes on to tell him more about what the role entails, before wishing him luck in school and that he hopes to see him at NASA in the near future. "I'm trying to manage expectations with the hope he might receive a response letter in the mail". Green said in his letter to Davis.

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