NASA is hiring an officer to protect other planets from microbial contamination

NASA is hiring an officer to protect other planets from microbial contamination

NASA is hiring an officer to protect other planets from microbial contamination

NASA is taking job applications for the position of 'Planetary Protection Officer.' Fighting aliens seems to be a good line of business.

The person who lands the job will draw a six figure salary - $124,406 to $187,000 per year - and security clearance is listed as "secret". And this is what we pay somebody whose job is to keep Earth from becoming a lifeless orb spinning in the infinite blackness of eternity?

The job description does not say if you get to wear black suits, ties and hats and carry a device that will erase people's memories like Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. And for the job the officer has to make sure that spacecraft from Earth don't contaminate other worlds, and that we don't bring back potentially unsafe "alien microbes" from outer space.

Want to save planet Earth?

The successful applicant will be tasked with safeguarding the space outside our own atmosphere from contamination by us humans potentially caused by space exploration.

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It certainly sounds like a full time job to us!

There are mundane responsibilities too, including keeping NASA brass up-to-date on "aliens" and come up with new protection standards.

"This policy is based on federal requirements and global treaties and agreements", it added.

This is in regard to the 1967 worldwide treaty on Space exploration guidelines that the United States agreed to.

Requirements include frequent travel.

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