Want to protect the planet? There is a NASA job opening for a Planetary Protection Officer at the time of this writing. What? Yes! It appears that NASA is hiring someone to protect Planet Earth from alien life forms.
In the near and foreseeable future, NASA is planning on several different space missions. Could we come in contact with alien life during any of those missions?
Nasa Job – Planetary Protection Officer
The position is assigned to Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection.
Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.
From the USAJobs.gov listing, it provides a job description outline, salary, duties and online application. The candidate chosen will be required to be approved for a security clearance level “Secret”.
$124,406 to $187,000 per year
Who May Apply?
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration position is open to U.S. Citizens and U.S. nationals.
Why is This Position Necessary?
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.
Outer Space Treaty of 1967
The ground work for this type of scientific job description stems from the accord laid out in the ‘Outer Space Treaty of 1967’. The treaty lays out guidelines for principles that will govern activities regarding the exploration and use of outer space celestial bodies.
From Article I of the Treaty:
Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be free for exploration and use by all States without discrimination of any kind, on a basis of equality and in accordance with international law, and there shall be free access to all areas of celestial bodies.
From Article IX of the Treaty:
States Parties to the Treaty shall pursue studies of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, and conduct exploration of them so as to avoid their harmful contamination and also adverse changes in the environment of the Earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter and, where necessary, shall adopt appropriate measures for this purpose.
Our understanding of outer space increases each year. Are there alien life forms in universe that we need to be protected from?
- For information on this and other NASA jobs and careers, be sure to see their official website pages.
NASA wants to protect Planet Earth form alien life forms, which is a good thing. See them for this and other outer space jobs if you think you qualify and have the right education, training and skills.