9-Year-Old Applies For Alien-Fighting Job, NASA Responds


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A 9-year-old boy has just sent a letter to NASA after the space agency listed a job online for a Planetary Protection Officer.

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Now, the role doesn’t include fighting aliens, but that’s what the boy thought the job would entail, and might even need.

“My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job.

I may be nine but think I would be fit for the job.

One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien also I have seen almost all the space and alien movies I can see.

I have also seen the show Marvel Agents of Shield and hope to see the movie Men in Black.

I am great at video games.

I am young, so I can learn to think like an Alien.

Sincerely,
Jack Davis
Guardian of the Galaxy
Fourth Grade”

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The letter from Jack and NASA’s response is going viral on social media:

Dear 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!

Our Planetary Protection Officer position is really cool and is very important work. It’s about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids and Mars. It’s also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System.

We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!

Sincerely,
Dr. James L. Green
Director, Planetary Science Division

NASA was so taken by the letter that Jonathan Rall, NASA’s planetary research director called Jack to congratulate him on applying for the position.

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