For lot of people like us the name NASA is synonymous with space. Working with NASA is no ordinary feat. When you get the offer for working for NASA, forget about you going on cloud 9, you could even land on space!!
Recently when NASA advertised regarding a vacancy for the role of `Planetary Protection Officer’, little did they imagine in their wildest dream, as to what type of people would apply for the role. NASA wanted someone who was proficient with working on interplanetary missions holding advanced degrees, PhD’s and ample experience. But what came as a surprise was an unique application from a nine year old New Jersey based fourth grader Jack Davis quoting that he was interested in the mentioned job.
Here is the reply to NASA’s job application:
“Dear NASA, My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job”. He further stated that “I may be 9 but I think I would be fit for the job”.
NASA published Jack’s letter and even made it public by acknowledging it. The post for which NASA had advertised was salaried at USD 1, 87,000 and was NASA’s one and only full time role for the post of planetary protection officer, which was established in 1967.
Jack even wrote in his letter that he thinks he is best fitted for this role. The reason quoted for this is even innocent and funny. He says that his sister calls him an alien, which according to him is his biggest achievement. Jack explains that he is a big fan of TV show `Marvel Agents of Shield’ and has watched almost all space and alien movies except `Men In Black’. So this qualities made him eligible for this NASA job. At the end of the letter, Jack states that he is great at video games. His final line is his last hope and reveals his persuasive nature to convince NASA. “I am young so I can learn to think like an alien” He signed the letter mentioning himself as the ‘Guardian Of The Galaxy’.
So did NASA reply him back? Yes, they did. NASA’s Planetary Science Division director, James L. Green replied back to Jack. They replied and wrote “It’s about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the moon, asteroids and Mars. It’s also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the solar system.”
In fact the role for which Jack applied, according to his vision is about preventing astronauts from bringing biological contaminants back from space to earth and vice versa. Green ended his letter signing off encouraging Jack to do well in his school and hopes to see him at NASA eventually. NASA headquarters, Washington even called Jack to congratulate him for taking interest in the said job.
James Green mentioned that “At NASA, we love to teach the kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers”. Jack will remember this gesture for the rest of his life.