A fourth grader in New Jersey is making headlines for submitting an application for a Planetary Protection Officer recently posted by NASA.
"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,” Jack Davis explained in a handwritten letter to NASA. The 9-year-old added that he's great at video games and hopes to expand his knowledge about space by watching Men in Black.
NASA's Planetary Science Director Jim Green has since responded to Jack, writing, "I hear you are a ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ and interested in being a 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." He added, “We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days.”
In other words, the job is still open. You too can apply here.