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9-year-old applies for alien-fighting job, NASA responds

9-year-old applies for alien-fighting job, NASA responds”

The tasks of the planetary protection officer, or PPO, involve ensuring that the humans who go to space do not contaminate other planets and moons. "Also, I have seen nearly all the space movies and alien movies I can see", Jack said in a handwritten letter to NASA. The fourth grader closed the letter by describing himself as a guardian of the galaxy. "I may be nine, but I think I would be fit for the job", he wrote.

- A 9-year-old applied for NASA's buzzed about Planetary Protection Officer job opening.

"I have seen nearly all the space and alien movies I can see", Jack explained. "I am great at video games", he continued. "Our Planetary Protection Officer position is really cool and is very important work".

The U.S. space agency has policies for planetary protection for space flight missions that can possibly carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to extraterrestrial worlds.

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The recent announcement of the position - which was created in the 1960s - has "generated a lot of excitement in the public", NASA said in a statement.

And Jack's letter obviously melted the hearts of those working at Nasa as Dr James L. Green, director of the planetary science division, sent him a heart-warming response. The policies also apply to space missions meant to go back to Earth carrying samples from other worlds. "It's also about protecting 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! "We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days", Green wrote. Jack Davis even penned a handwritten letter to NASA expressing his interest in the job, and his note made its way to the space agency's head honchos.



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