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NASA Is Hiring A ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ To Guard Earth Against Alien Life-Forms

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

I’m more scared of aliens than I am of ghosts, monsters, or creepy-crawlies.

The universe is filled with infinite possibilities, but my fears are seemingly pretty unfounded.

After all, we don’t have any solid evidence that there are aliens out there — and if there are, I don’t think they’d be able to get to Earth fast enough to bother me.

So, I try not to think about aliens all too often. But if you work at NASA, you have to think about them every day.

If you feel like protecting Earth from aliens is right up your alley, you’re in luck. NASA is looking to hire someone to do exactly that.

The title is Planetary Protection Officer.

The protection officer’s role is to ensure that Earth doesn’t get contaminated by alien substances, like microbes, when we explore space and other planets. The officer also needs to make sure that Earth doesn’t contaminate other planets.

So maybe it’s not quite Men in Black, but the job still seems pretty cool. There’s a lot of responsibility (imagine being responsible for protecting the whole planet!), but the perks and salary seem to outweigh that.

Of course, the qualifications are steep. The video below will tell you if you’re qualified, but I know I’m definitely not.

Check out the video below to learn more about what it takes to protect Earth from alien substances (and potential aliens) and please SHARE this interesting job listing on Facebook!

Image Credit: NASA.gov

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