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Jack, Guardian of the Galaxy: 9-year-old applies for job at NASA

A fourth-grader from New Jersey is ready to take on aliens and defend the galaxy. (YouTube/Science & Technology)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WKRC) - A fourth-grader from New Jersey is ready to take on aliens and defend the galaxy.

When NASA posted a job for planetary protection officer, 9-year-old Jack Davis thought he would be an excellent candidate for the job, so he applied via letter to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The letter, dated Aug. 3, makes a convincing argument as to why Jack should work for NASA.

"I may be nine but I think I would be fit for the job. One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien. Also, I have seen almost all the space movies and alien movies I can see," Jack wrote.

Jack also signed the letter off:

Jack Davis
Guardian of the Galaxy
Fourth Grade

CBS News reports that Jim Green, the planetary science director, wrote back to Jack the following day:

I hear you are a 'Guardian of the Galaxy' and interested in being a Planetary Protection Officer. That's great! Our Planetary Protection Officer position is really cool and is very important work. It's about protecting earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids and Mars. It's also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System.
We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!


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