NASA Looks for Planetary Protection Officer to Protect Earth

Do you remember what career you dreamed of having when you were a kid? Did you want to be a firefighter, a ballet dancer, a surgeon, a teacher or an astronaut maybe? Or maybe you wanted to be a space police officer who protects our planet against aliens?

If this was the case, you probably would be very happy to find out that there is a Planetary Protection Officer position available at NASA.

This is not a real job, you may think! Wrong! It is a real job and actually pays a good six figure salary. NASA has recently announced that they are looking for the right candidate to fill the position of Planetary Protection Officer (PPO).

What exactly the PPO will do, you may wonder? In the job listing, it is explained that “planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.” Basically, the main responsibility of the Planetary Protection Officer will be to run tests to make sure that nothing out there is putting in danger the Earth, us humans, or the environment.

As stated in the job listing, along with having many more important duties the PPO will be responsible for “the leadership of NASA’s planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASA’s space flight missions.”

So, do you believe that you have what it takes to be the protector of our planet and cover the job requirements? If the answer is yes, hurry up and apply as the application process is open till 2017-08-14.

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