NASA to pay officers $187000 to prevent 'alien' entry


The federal space agency is seeking to hire a Planetary Protection Officer who would help thwart the spread of extraterrestrial life ― "intentionally or unintentionally" ― on Earth and to outside solar systems.

The position offers an annual salary between $124,406 and $187,000.

Also, the flawless candidate would be willing to travel a lot - maybe even to a moon of Jupiter, where you could die along the way.

It's a job to make sure we don't send organic contamination off to other planets, and maybe more importantly, to make sure we don't bring anything back. As we reported yesterday the Chinese National Space Agency looks set to overtake NASA for the number of successful launches to space this year.

So far, the position was occupied by two fearless fellows: one was hired by NASA and one by the European Space Agency. You could apply for NASA's Planetary Protection Officer role.

Every space mission must have less than a 1-in-10,000 chance of contaminating an alien world. This position is assigned to the office of the Safety and Mission Assurance for the planet's protection.

Candidates have until August 18, 2017, to get their resumes in-and you should. It's unclear why Conley is vacating the post, but the possibility that she's joining the Guardians of the Galaxy is remote at best. This means the PPO is effectively involved in numerous considerations that go into planning a remote exploratory mission, from ensuring that the vehicles on the launch pad have been sterilized (or as close as is plausible) to planning the route the spacecraft will take. You see, most alien life, we've predicted, may exist is microorganisms - and nobody has any idea what alien bacteria might do to humans. It also requires extensive education in physical science, engineering or math. The successful candidate will have to work with several different branches of NASA and external organizations that are involved in planetary protection.

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