Washington: Jack Davis, a nine-year-old fourth grader, has taken interest in NASA’s recent job opening to become the next Planetary Protection Officer (PPO). The renowned space agency responded saying he may be given a chance once he was grown up.
Davis, a New Jersey resident wrote a letter to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) expressing his passion for the job and what qualified him as the next PPO.
In his letter, Davis proclaimed himself as a Guardian of the Galaxy, and noted that despite his young age, he was familiar with various science-fiction shows including Marvel Agents of Shield among other alien related movies.
“I am young, so I can learn to think like an alien,” concluded Davis in his letter.
NASA’s Planetary Science Director Jim Green responded to Davis’ letter with great support. In his response, Green explained a PPO’s job to Davis which holds an estimated annual salary of $124,000 to $187,000.
Green concluded his letter with words of encouragement to the young enthusiast.
“We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us. We hope that there will be some awesome position for Jack at NASA when he grows up. Maybe even one that includes an alien battle or two", Green said.
The PPO is the NASA's focal point for interactions with external organizations on matters related to planetary protection.
Some of the mentioned duties include planning and coordinating activities related to NASA’s planetary protection mission, and evaluating compliance by robotic and human spaceflight missions. The PPO will also recommend the preparation of new or revised NASA standards.