NASA has responded to a letter from a 9-year-old boy who applied to protect our planet earth from aliens.
The boy wrote “My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job,” the fourth-grader wrote in a letter. “I may be nine but think I would be fit for the job. One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien also I have seen almost all the space and alien movies I can see.”
The job advertisement for a planetary protection officer explained that space missions sometimes introduce Earth organisms into other parts of the solar system.
In technical terms, the officer would assist with the “avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.”
Just like every adult tries to spice up their resume, the boy gleefully added, “I have also seen the show Marvel Agents of Shield and hope to see the movie Men in Black. I am great at video games. I am young, so I can learn to think like an Alien.”
Although the position “may not be in real-life what the title conjures up,” NASA said it promotes “the responsible exploration of our solar system by preventing microbial contamination.”
Jack received a letter from Dr. James L. Green, the director of NASA’s planetary science division, saying the officer position was “very important work.”
Green wrote back, “We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!”
He also got a call from NASA’s planetary research director, Jonathan Rall, to congratulate him on his interest.
Perhaps we are seeing a real life superhero movie unfolding before our eyes! Young boy applies for position, grows up and fulfills the position, and saves the planet.
Maybe one day Marvel will write about him!
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