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NASA Job: Hiring to fight aliens for Earth protection

03 Agosto 2017, 12:03 | Benedicto Grullon

The Small Magellanic Cloud is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years way that orbits our own Milky Way spiral galaxy

The Small Magellanic Cloud is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years way that orbits our own Milky Way spiral galaxy

Enter the planetary protection officer (PPO), who is tasked with preventing biological contamination during missions between planets.

Sadly, it has little to do with working with little green men or the X-Files.

According to a NASA report, Europa is the most promising destination within the solar system when it comes to humanity's ongoing search for life beyond Earth.

While the job title may conjure up images of Will Smith in "Independence Day", the role, which has a salary of up to $187,000 a year, requires a very unique set of scientific skills.

Catherine Conley is now NASA's sole planetary protection officer and has been in the role for three years.

If you're hoping to apply for this job, there is a daunting qualifications list.

NASA has opened applications for United States citizens and USA nationals till August 14, 2017.

NASA is looking for a Planetary Protection Officer to protect the planet from potential alien contamination.

NASA is looking to hire a Planetary Protection Officer who would protect Earth from possible alien contamination, according to a job advert posted on the US government's official employment site.

This job isn't likely to go to just anyone though, candidates are expected to have "advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection", as well as advanced degrees in science, math or physics. "It's not extremely careful, but it's not extremely lax". The treaty stipulates that all space missions should have a less than 1-in-10,000 chance of contaminating an alien world.

No joke, the job was made essential thanks to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967.

"It's a moderate level", Catharine Conley, the current NASA planetary protection officer, told Business Insider.

Candidates will be required to travel frequently, but like any job, there will be a significant amount of emails, proposals and other reading.

Leads planning and coordination of activities related to NASA mission planetary protection needs.



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