Can you remember your childhood days now? Can you remember whom you wanted to become in your childhood? Who gave you the stimulation?
Few years back, the vacancy of a planetary protection officer stimulated a 9 year old kid to become the Earth’s next real-life guardian.
The post of a planetary protection officer in NASA is responsible for the protection of the Earth from extraterrestrial microbes contained in samples brought back from robotic as well as human space journeys to asteroids, Mars or the moon.
Amidst a number of applicants for the post, NASA received quite a special application which was sent by the 9-year-old Jack Davis.
“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.”
Did NASA reply Jack? Of course yes!
The letter written by the 9 year old applicant went viral as all his family members and friends shared it on Reddit. And at last, the letter reached NASA.
The director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, Dr. James L Green tweeted with a perfect response to Jack:
“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.”
By the way Jack was also fortunate enough to get a phone call from Jonathan Rall, the Planetary Research Director. The reply of NASA gave Jack as well as others to study hard to become the Earth’s real “Guardians” in near future.
“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 see you here at NASA one of these days!”
In addition to this, Jack was invited to become the official kid science advisor at the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium by the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey.
How amazing it is!