A 9-Year-Old Applies For Job At NASA, And Here’s How NASA Responds

Do you recall any of your childhood fantasies? Do you recall what your ideal job was as a kid? What drew you in?

A NASA job listing for a planetary protection officer inspired a fourth-grader to become our planet’s next real-life defender some years ago.

A planetary protection officer earns a six-figure salary to defend the Earth against alien germs found in samples returned from human and robotic space missions to the moon, asteroids, and Mars.

Among the numerous other applications, NASA got a one-of-a-kind one penned by Jack Davis, a 9-year-old boy.

Jack penned:

“My name is Jack Davis, and I’m interested in applying for the position of planetary protection officer. I may be nine years old, but I believe I am qualified for the position. One of the reasons is because my sister thinks I’m an extraterrestrial, and I’ve watched practically every space and alien film available. I’ve also seen Marvel Agents of Shield and am looking forward to seeing Men in Black. I’m really good at video games. Because I’m still young, I can learn to think like an alien.”

And NASA replied!

The sweet letter went viral after a family member shared it on Reddit, and it finally made its way to NASA.

The head of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, Dr. James L Green, responded perfectly on Twitter:

“When we send back samples from the Moon, asteroids, and Mars, it’s about defending Earth from small germs.” As we safely explore the Solar System, it’s also about safeguarding other planets and moons from our pathogens.”

Jonathan Rall, the Director of Planetary Research, even called Jack. NASA pushed Jack and others to study hard in order to one day become true “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Green stated:

“I hope you will study hard and do well in school since we are constantly seeking for talented future scientists and engineers to assist us.” One of these days, we hope to see you here at NASA!”

Jack was also invited to be the official kid science advisor for the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey.



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