NASA is currently looking for a Planetary Protection Officer which is a real job that sounds very important... imagine having it on your tombstone!
So just what is a Planetary Protection Officer?
A Planetary Protection Officer essentially makes sure space travellers follow the correct policies to ensure any organisms from Space aren’t brought back to Earth, and vice versa!
“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," the job description explains.
“This policy is based on federal requirements and international treaties and agreements.”
Not only is the gig extremely important, it pays well too.
The job is advertised for 3- 5 years of employment with an annual salary of $US 124,406 to $US187,000!
Check out the full job listing here!
If you don’t get the job, remember you can still protect our planet by making environmentally conscious choices every day.