A 9-Year-Old Applies for a Job at NASA and Gets an Awesome Response

posted: 08/10/17
by: Amanda Mushro
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When NASA announced they would be hiring a "planetary protection officer," you would expect the applicants to be the world's smartest and renowned scientists. Turns out, an application from a nine-year-old was the resume that caught NASA's attention.

In the letter he sent to NASA, fourth-grader Jack Davis wrote he is applying for the planetary protection officer position despite his young age because he thinks he would be "fit for the job." His list of qualifications is hilarious and brilliant. "One of the reasons is my sister thinks I'm an alien," Jack writes. "Also, I have seen almost all the space and alien movies I can see."

He continues to say that he has "great" video game skills. Those skills will probably come in handy while cruising through space, right? Jack also adds that because of his age, it will be easy to "learn to think like an alien." Finally, he signs the letter, "Jack, Guardian of the Galaxy."

The official position at NASA pays $124,406 to $187,000 per year, according to the USAJOBS website, and duties include planning and coordinating activities related to NASA mission planetary protection needs and oversight of their implementation by NASA's space-flight missions. While many applicants did not receive a response to their application, Jack did.

Dr. James L. Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, responded to Jack's application that the "position is really cool and is very important work." Green writes, "It's about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids and Mars." He adds, "It's also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System. Of course Green was sure to tell Jack that he hopes he will "study hard and do well in school."

While this might not be the job for Jack just yet, Green writes "We are always looking for bright scientists and engineers to help us.... "We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!"

As if the letter wasn't cool enough, he also received a phone call from the agency's planetary research director Jonathan Rall, where he congratulated Jack on his interest in space. So while Jack's focus right now is the fourth grade, we are sure he will be working at NASA someday.