NASA recently posted an opening for a job they've had since the 1960's.. Planetary Protection Officer. Immediately, the Internet went all X-Files, saying that NASA wanted someone to save us from aliens. It's more like germs and microbes, but whatever.
The best response to NASA's ad? This 9 year old who wants the job!
Some fun, from Twitter...
BTW, here's the actual job description:
Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration. NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies, and any mission employing spacecraft, which are intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration.
Why do you have to be American to save the planet from aliens?— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 2, 2017
I want to do it. https://t.co/ieRUd8Px4k
NASA is hiring a planetary protection officer but "aliens" aren't "real". 🤔— C Scharp (@CScharp) August 2, 2017