Astronomy and space research is a dream for many. It is a pride to contribute and also work for one of the world’s greatest space agency, NASA.
NASA, recently called for the post of Planetary Protection Officer. This position in NASA has been since 1960s.
The space agency received several applications from all around the globe. A fourth grader from New Jersey, who is also a self-proclaimed “Guardian of the Galaxy”, also applied for this post. The application caught the attention of the entire space-agency.
The kid reached out to NASA in a letter, expressing his interest in serving as the agency’s Planetary Protection Officer. NASA’s Planetary Science Director Jim Green, as a gesture of appreciation, returned a letter to the nine-year old Jack Davis.
“At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers.” Green said. “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.” he also added.
Jack also received a phone call from NASA’s Planetary Research Director, Jonathan Rall. Rall took his time out of work to congratulate the nine-year old on his interest in the position.
Although the Planetary Protection Officer position may not be in real-life what the title conjures up, 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.