Earlier this week, 9-year-old Jack Davis of New Jersey wrote a letter to NASA, applying for the position of Planetary Protection Officer.
The fourth-grader – a self-proclaimed Guardian of the Galaxy – captured the hearts of NASA and the nation with his handwritten letter that opened with: “My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job.” Davis wrote, “I may be nine, but I think I would be fit for the job.”
Davis listed some interstellar qualifications that would make him an ideal candidate for the job, one of which was that his sister calls him an alien. For good measure, he also mentioned that he’s “seen almost all the space and alien movies” out there. “I have also seen the show Marvel Agents of Shield and hope to see the movie Men in Black,” said the 9-year-old.
He went on to describe his aptitude for learning new concepts and even emphasized his age advantage. “I’m great at video games,” he said. “I am young, so I can learn to think like an Alien.”
In return, David received a letter from NASA’s Planetary Science Director Jim Green that read: “At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers. Think of it as a gravity assist — a boost that may positively and forever change a person’s course in life, and our footprint in the universe.”
Green also explained a little more about what the job entails: “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.”
He concluded his letter with words of encouragement for Davis to focus on studying hard so one day he can get a real job at NASA.
Later, Davis received an unexpected phone call from NASA’s Planetary Research Director, Jonathan Rall at NASA Headquarters in Washington, congratulating him on his interest in the position.
— NASA (@NASA) August 4, 2017
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