NASA recently started hiring for its planetary protection officer position and the agency got an application from a younger.
The fourth-grader and self-proclaimed “Guardian of the Galaxy,” Jack Davis, applied to NASA’s job posting for a “planetary protection officer” and sent in an interesting cover letter.
“I may be nine but I 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 movies and alien movies I can see,” Jack said in his hand-written letter.He also said in the letter that he is a quick learner and good at video games.
He also received a phone call from NASA’s Planetary Research Director, to congratulate him on his interest in the position.
The agency sent out a letter to the young. NASA and planetary Science Division director James L. Green supported his interest in science in the letter and encouraged him to do well in school in the future.
“I hear you are a ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ and interested in being a Planetary Protection Officer. That’s great!” he wrote. “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.”
The planetary protection officer won’t be flying from planet to planet getting into sci-fi adventures, but the duty,will still be doing work that’s important for Earth’s safety.