When we were asked as kids what we’d want to be when we grow up, a lot of us probably answered “astronaut” or “superhero” at least once. It was the ultimate dream!
So, we really couldn’t blame 9-year old Jack Davis for sending a letter to NASA itself, applying for a job as a “planetary protection officer.” If you think that’s adorable, just wait till you read the actual letter!
My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job. I may be nine but I think I would be fit for the job.
One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien also, I have seen almost all the space and alien movies I can see. I have also seen the show Marvel Agents of Shield and hope to see the movie Men in Black. I am great at video games. I am young so I can learn to think like an alien.
Guardian of The Galaxy
Didn’t you think that was super adorable?! He even called himself a “Guardian of the Galaxy”!
And how does the prestigious NASA reply to such a job application? By an encouraging letter back, of course!
Photo from NASA’s Facebook Page
I hear you are a “Guardian of the Galaxy” and that you’re interested in becoming a NASA Planetary Protection Officer. That’s great!
Our Planetary Protection Officer position is really cool and is very important work. 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.
We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to seeyou here at NASA one of these days!
Dr. James L. Green
Director, Planetary Science Division
Now that’s how you encourage a future astronaut! A standing ovation for you, NASA!
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