NASA is Hiring Someone to Protect the Earth Aliens

NASA is Hiring Someone to Protect the Earth Aliens

NASA is Hiring Someone to Protect the Earth Aliens

Top-notch engineers who have career ambition - and who are not averse to drug testing or the responsibility of top-secret security clearance - could help save the Earth by answering a new job posting.

The role also includes making sure that Earthly contaminants don't spread to other worlds that NASA visits through human or robot exploration. NASA is offering a six-figure salary to the person who ends up achieving the position.

But for those getting their inner Sigourney Weaver all Ripleyed up, it's not about staving off aliens with big teeth, enemy warships or even errant asteroids.

In other words, the planetary protection officer is responsible for keeping alien microbes and other contaminants from infecting astronauts or spreading back to Earth itself.

This policy has been on the books for some time, as the United States signed the Outer Space Treaty of 1967.

In an attempt to defend the Earth from potential alien contamination, premiere USA space agency NASA is scouting for a "planetary protection officer" who will ensure that humans in space do not contaminate planets and moons, as well as make sure that alien matter does not infect Earth.

The job is initially a three-year contract with a chance to be extended for another two years.

On the bright side, the pay's not bad - $124,406 to $187,000 a year plus benefits - and you can expect "frequent travel". It's a full-time gig.

Candidates will also have to travel frequently, as well as create proposals and answer e-mails much like any other job.

The job also involves travel to worldwide space stations and overseeing extraterrestrial missions by robots. Catharine Conley is Nasa's only planetary protection officer since 2014, said the report.

Catharine Conley now holds the position as NASA's planetary protection officer. It also requires extensive education in physical science, engineering or math.

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