NASA Is Looking To Hire Someone Who Will Protect Us From Alien Life
They'll be called a Planetary Protection Officer.
We Earthlings will soon have a new hero to protect us from alien life
Yes, we're totally not kidding. NASA, the United States space agency, now has an open position for a Planetary Protection Officer.
The person hired will be tasked with keeping the Earth clean from alien contamination
Whenever astronauts return from space, there is always the fear that they carry back with them alien microbes that don't belong here.
"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. This policy is based on federal requirements and international treaties and agreements," NASA officials wrote in their job description.
You might not think some tiny bacteria will do much to harm us, but preventing exposure of our planet's ecosystem to foreign life is a high priority of NASA's. Scientists have no idea what would happen if Earth did get some alien bacteria on it, but the risk of our ecosystem being colonized by a ton of alien microbes is not one they want to take.
Ensuring other planets don't get contaminated by Earth's microbes will also be a part of their job
So they're also making sure Earth cleans up after itself. We don't want another planet to suffer because of us!
The pay is pretty good too!
The starting salary ranges from USD124,406 (RM532,147) to USD187,000 (RM799,893).
They will also need to have an advanced STEM degree and have substantial knowledge on Planetary Protection.
So while our Planetary Protection Officer doesn't literally have to fight head-on with a bunch of scary aliens, they sure do have an important role in keeping us safe
As cool as aliens are, keeping our Earth clean and safe from foreign life is pretty important.