9-year-old wants to be NASA's 'planetary protection officer'

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9-year-old applies to NASA

He also said he's qualified because his sister already thinks he's an alien.

In an interview, Jack told ABC News that he wrote the letter because it thought it would be "really cool" to work for NASA.

A letter from Jack Davis to NASA.

United States citizens and nationals may apply before August 14 for the full-time position, which pays $124,406 to $187,000 a year, and promises occasional trips to global space centers. The 1997 blockbuster "Man in Black" has so far eluded him, but he hopes to rectify that omission.

Unfortunately, the position of Planetary Protection Officer doesn't entail anything as flashy as the name may suggest.

We think he's totally fit for the job.

NASA is looking for a new Planetary Protection Officer to defend Earth from alien contamination.

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Letters exchanged between NASA and space enthusiast Jack Davis, a fourth-grade student in New Jersey. I am great at video games.

NASA says, those who are interested must have at least one year's experience as civilian government employee with "broad engineering experience".

Business Insider cites Catharine Conley, Nasa's only planetary protection officer since 2014 as saying that there is only one other full-time role like it in the world at the European Space Agency.

"We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us", Green wrote, "so I hope you will study hard and do well in school".

NASA's planetary division boss James L. Green wrote back to Jack and congratulated him on the application and giving him some more insight into the planetary protection officer position.

Of course, they also took the opportunity to clear up any misconceptions about the position that young Jack might have, explaining that it's about "protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples" from other worlds and "protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System".

The job initially is a three-year contract based that may be extended for a further next two years.

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