Unless you’re a seasoned NASA engineer with knowledge of planetary protection protocols and the guidelines that astronauts and scientists much adhere to in order to prevent humanity from contaminating worlds (including our own), there’s very little chance you have a shot at landing NASA’s new Planetary Protection Officer position. That is, unless you’re nine-year-old Jack Davis, who wrote to the agency with the hopes of scoring the job, and definitely did not get a denial.
Davis, who is currently a fourth grade student living in New Jersey but will probably have Top Secret security clearance before I managed to pay off my student loans, makes a pretty convincing case for why NASA should hire him:
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 …