NASA recently announced a job opening for a Planetary Protection Officer. While the job description does include protecting earth from aliens, apparently this entails making extra sure astronauts don’t track extraterrestrial microbes home on their space boots. Yeah, so maybe not quite as exciting as it originally sounded, but still very Men in Black.
Anyway, Jack Davis is a nine year old boy from New Jersey, and Jack aspires to be a real life Guardians of the Galaxy superhero. Naturally, Jack applied for the NASA position, and much to our delight, NASA took Jack very seriously.
Here’s Jack’s Cover Letter:
My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the Planetary Protection Officer job. I may be nine, but I think I would be fit for the job.
One of the reasons is my sister says I’m 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.
Guardian of the Galaxy
And Here’s the Response from Dr. James L. Green, Director of Planetary Science Division, NASA:
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 the 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!
Dr. James L. Green
Don’t let him brush you off like that, Jack! Call him, thank him for his letter, and tell him why you are indispensable to his team!