NASA Paying 6 Figures To Protect Earth From Aliens


The president’s Twitter account that almost everyone in America has a job. Who, though, could resist at least considering a government job that involves protecting our planet against alien contamination?

You see, NASA is looking for a new Planetary Protection Officer. Its a  new job opening offers up to $187,000 a year to a Planetary Protection Officer. This is someone who will (attempt to) make sure that aliens don’t bring their questionable microbes down here and that we don’t infect our future overlords — once President Zuckerberg has retired to his compound on the Moon — when we go up there.

The job description offers that the successful applicant will be in a privileged position in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection.  This seeks “the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.”

This is clearly an onerous task. Some speculate that aliens are already here and have been for some time. Why, Canada’s former defense minister Paul Hellyer insists that aliens would have already given us more of their superior technology, if only we’d stop all our sad little wars.

Still, the qualifications for the job — which pays between $124,406 and $187,000 a year — aren’t extreme. Well, other than perhaps the “advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection, its requirements and mission categories” part.  Oh, and the “demonstrated experience planning, executing, or overseeing elements of space programs of national significance” part.

The whole idea of even thinking about planetary protection came from the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. This asked that all parties to the treaty “pursue studies of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, and conduct exploration of them so as to avoid their harmful contamination and also adverse changes in the environment of the Earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter.”

This might seem a little namby-pamby for some tastes. Especially as Stephen Hawking has warned that aliens might hate us and could crush us for the sheer fun of it. Some might also spot a speck of irony in the idea that we’re hiring someone to protect alien planets from human contamination, when we’re not all that competent at protecting our own planet from complete destruction. I’m not sure whether that would be a good thing to say in the job interview, though. Source: CNET

NASA writes boy who applied for job


NASA took the time to respond to a 9-year-old “Guardian of the Galaxy” who applied to fill the agency’s opening for its planetary protection officer position.  The job is to protect the Earth from potential contamination before, during and after any space travel, and it is a job NASA says it has had since the 1960s.

“Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration,” the job posting reads.

While this job posting inspired most of the internet to pull the Will Smith “Independence Day” memes and gifs out of the vault, Jack Davis, a fourth-grader from New Jersey, quickly sent in his application. This prompted a phone call from Jonathan Rall, NASA’s Planetary Research Director, and letter from NASA’s Planetary Science Director Jim Green.

“At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers,” Green, who penned the letter to Davis, said in a news release. “Think of it as a gravity assist — a boost that may positively and forever change a person’s course in life, and our footprint in the universe.”

The job is posted and open to all American citizens and nationals and it pays between $124,406 and $187,000 per year. Another perk of the job is that it comes with the ominous security clearance of “Secret.”

Qualifications for the position include broad engineering expertise and possess advanced knowledge of planetary protection, among others. Applicants should either have a degree in physical science, engineer, or mathematics, or a combination of education and experience.

The position will start as a three-year appointment with the chances of extending it by two years. Whoever is hired also could be subjected to a one-year probationary period.

“Although the Planetary Protection Officer position may not be in real-life what the title conjures up, NASA says, “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.”

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