NASA Announces Job Opening, Duty: Defend Earth From Aliens

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As the search for extra-terrestrial life forms continues, there is also a possibility that such life forms, more colloquially known as aliens, are searching for us as well. To safeguard against such 'invasions', NASA has announced a job opening, for the post of Planetary Protection Officer who will be tasked with the duty to defend earth from aliens. The salary for selected officer will be in the range of $124,406 (Rs 79 lakhs) to $187,000 (Rs 1.1 crore) per year.

According to NASA "Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration. NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies, and any mission employing spacecraft, which are intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration."

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Essentially, the focus will remain on not allowing Earth to be contaminated by extraterrestrial organisms and vice versa.

Upon being selected for the role, the candidate will serve in the position for 3-5 years. As of now, there are only two such planetary protection officers in the world, one who works with the European Space Agency, and the second is Catharine Conley currently holding the position with NASA.

The position came into existence when US ratified the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 of which the Article IX called for signers of the treaty to ensure that “harmful contamination and also adverse changes in the environment of the Earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter” is avoided.

Basic qualifications for the post is broad engineering expertise along with advanced degrees in a physical science or math. Also required is at least one year of experience in working with top-level civilian government work. Sadly for Indian dreamers, the position available only to US nationals.