What did you dream of as a child? Did you dream of becoming a doctor one day? A teacher maybe? Well, this fourth-grader wanted to become the guardian of Planet Earth!
It all started when NASA shared a post offering a job to a planetary protection officer. This “guardian” would protect the planet from extraterrestrial microbes found in samples collected during human and robotic space missions to the moon, asteroids or even Mars.
Jack Davis’ application came like a pleasant surprise to everyone. The nine-year-old prepared his unique hand-written letter.
“My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job,” the ambitious kid wrote. “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 and alien movies I can see. I have also seen the show Marvel Agents of Shield and hope to see the movie Men in Black. I am great at video games. I am young, so I can learn to think like an Alien.”
The letter was too sweet and NASA responded. A family friend shared Jack’s letter on Reddit. That’s how it reached NASA.
“It’s about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids, and Mars,” Dr. James L Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, tweeted his response. “It’s also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System.”
Planetary Research Director Jonathan Rall called the kid. NASA encouraged him to be a great student so he could become part of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” one day.
“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,” Green wrote in his response. “We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!”
Jack was also invited by the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey. He became the official kid science advisor at the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium.
Jack’s dad wrote an email to NASA, Jack’s dad, Bryan Davis, explained that he and his loved ones are “big fans of NASA.”
“Jack, of course, is pretty sure he’ll get the job,” Davis wrote. “I’m trying to manage expectations with the hope he might receive a response letter in the mail.”