Hiring to fight aliens for Earth protection — NASA Job

  • Hiring to fight aliens for Earth protection — NASA Job

Hiring to fight aliens for Earth protection — NASA Job

NASA's Planetary Protection Officer is, essentially, the cleanliest person at NASA.

The full-time position earns a six-figure salary.

But for those getting their inner Sigourney Weaver all Ripleyed up, it's not about staving off aliens with big teeth, enemy warships or even errant asteroids. Conley also reveals that the job was "created to help meet an worldwide agreement that space missions must have a less than 1-in-10,000 chance of contaminating an alien world". The PPO position was created shortly after the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which set global guidelines for space exploration.

Also known as the Outer Space Treaty, this is the same document that says we won't put nuclear weapons on the moon, for instance.

At the initial level, it will be a three-year contract which can be extended for two more years at a later stage. Well, it is as much as $187,000 a year with benefits.

All space missions are required to have fewer than one in 10,000 chances of spoiling foreign territory.

And it is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration. The probe will probably crash-land, but the planetary protection officer will likely be prepared for such an arrival.

The job also comes with a secret security clearance. The job also requires a set of diplomatic skills and knowledge and experience in protecting planets. The current holder, Catharine Conley, was presented with a pair of sunglasses on her first day in the job back in 2006 - bringing to mind Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in Men in Black. The US government's official employment site posted the job listing, and it is open for citizens of United States of America and nationals can send in their applications till August 14. However, applicants who are interested in applying for the job need to meet a few requirements listed by NASA.