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NASA is Now Hiring a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ to Defend Earth from Aliens

Sounds like a cool job, right? And it’s a six-figure salary gig!

Ever dreamed of defending the world from an alien invasion? I’m sure you did, too, like the rest of us. But that seems nothing more but a childhood fantasy, right? Well, guess what – NASA is actually looking for someone to work as a “Planetary Protection Officer” (PPO) and they are accepting applications now.

You see, a USAJobs posting tells us that NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is indeed hiring one person for the position and it looks like a good-paying gig since the salary is from $124,406 up to $187,000. But no, it doesn’t involve wearing advanced space armor or running around using laser guns.

A Planetary Protection Officer works to protect Earth from alien contamination – and help Earth avoid contaminating alien worlds at the same time.

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As the posting tells us, planetary protection is “concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.”

The description further explains:

“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, according to the post, is assigned to Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection.

As of the moment, the world has only two PPOs with one of each working at NASA and ESA (European Space Agency).

Source: via FoxNews

The requirements for this cosmic gig, according to an IFLScience, include having “an advanced degree in science, engineering, or maths, or a combination of a degree and work experience, have at least a year’s experience as a top-level government employee, technical engineering expertise, and “advanced knowledge” of planetary protections. You’ll also need demonstrable experience in planning, overseeing, and executing space programs of “national significance”.”


The position was created after the signing of the Outer Space Treaty in 1967. Once you are hired, you will be required to travel across the world to visit space stations and inspect equipment for upcoming space missions.

Also, applications are limited to US citizens only.

NASA’s only Planetary Protection Officer is a female named Catherine Conley who has held the position since 2014.

Source: NASA

In a previous interview with Business Insider, Conley said:

“This new job ad is a result of relocating the position I currently hold to the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, which is an independent technical authority within NASA.”

If this sounds like your dream job – and if you fit the requirements – you might as well send in your applications right now!

156 Comments

  1. Scott Burgess

    August 3, 2017 at 2:45 AM

    I am in

  2. Edwardz Torres

    August 3, 2017 at 2:43 AM

    I vote for allan carreon president of inter galactic😂🤣

  3. Ryan Carbon

    August 3, 2017 at 2:42 AM

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  4. Hawira Cassino Waenga

    August 3, 2017 at 2:40 AM

    EARTH UNDER ATTACK ALREADY ITS JUST COVERT

  5. Petar Ozegovic

    August 3, 2017 at 2:39 AM

    Your kidding
    Go fed your starving and homeless people
    Create real job not stupidity ones like this
    No wonder your in so much debt with stupidity like this I can see why

  6. Matt Roel Matti Villeran

    August 3, 2017 at 2:38 AM

    Requirements please hahaha

  7. Jeremih Wray Villamor

    August 3, 2017 at 2:37 AM

    Pwede

  8. Gilbert Sayas Francis

    August 3, 2017 at 2:37 AM

    It’s so funny 😋😝

  9. Kimberly Jane Baruela

    August 3, 2017 at 2:36 AM

    Baka bet nyo? Hahahaha Tonie Tarin Patricia Navarro

  10. Dayna Cherise

    March 14, 2018 at 1:47 AM

    Nolan Sumner

  11. Marlon Suazo

    March 19, 2018 at 2:13 AM

    Hire the Avengers🍺😜

  12. Nino Lucas

    August 3, 2017 at 2:34 AM

    who will lead the team?? J or K? it should be Will Smith.. 🙂

  13. Chinthake Nuwan Karunarathne

    August 3, 2017 at 2:34 AM

    Who is the Alien 😁😁😂😂 ?

  14. Son Jay

    August 3, 2017 at 2:32 AM

    CM Perez resign na diha… now na!!!!!😂😂😂😂😂😂

  15. Jerson Guasis

    August 3, 2017 at 2:31 AM

    Where do i sign up?

  16. Ray Arsenault

    August 3, 2017 at 2:30 AM

    I could do it!

  17. Stephanie Leigh

    March 5, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Ok ok, I’ll do it ✋

  18. Aaron Liew

    March 19, 2018 at 2:13 AM

    Ridiculous

  19. Danilo Bauto

    March 13, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Where are the voltes 5??

  20. John Rey Añana Gudelosao

    March 10, 2018 at 3:54 PM

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  21. Jerome Lewis

    March 13, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    E.T. PHONE HOME 📞☎📡👾👽👾

  22. Wilson Suson

    March 5, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    That is waste of time and money why not investing on research how human thinks/acts for peaceful world. And research on sustainable food supply, or to eradicate all of the diseases known to man, how about investing on alleviating pains and suffering of human life..

  23. Joel David

    March 10, 2018 at 3:54 PM

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  24. Royben A Chua

    March 19, 2018 at 2:13 AM

    how to apply to this job?

  25. Gerald Estaris

    March 19, 2018 at 2:13 AM

    Im in!

  26. Sumsare Oncal

    March 19, 2018 at 2:13 AM

    xD…

  27. Marvin Mhigz Mercado

    March 5, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    interested

  28. YobJr MilMil

    March 19, 2018 at 2:13 AM

    Men in black in short

  29. Mickey Janulis

    March 13, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Defend us from liberals anyone else we welcome

  30. Mackk Mackk

    March 13, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Paolo Pao

  31. Jonny Hatter

    March 19, 2018 at 2:13 AM

    when do i start

  32. Jeff Puttick

    March 5, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    I want a noisy cricket

  33. Alphard C. Malbas

    March 13, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    hire me…:-)

  34. Lvv Olmedo

    March 5, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Jamie tara zaido whahahahaha.. 😂

  35. Aaron John Gamba

    March 5, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Requirements ?? 😂

  36. Alford Blancia

    March 5, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Awesome…

  37. JayRon Guinto

    March 13, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Lonely job

  38. Simon Hy

    March 14, 2018 at 1:47 AM

    Steve Hoang I think we could handle this task

  39. Kilat Dalogdog Dodongryan

    March 13, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Funny

  40. Scott Burgess

    March 5, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    I am in

  41. Edwardz Torres

    March 5, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    I vote for allan carreon president of inter galactic😂🤣

  42. Ryan Carbon

    March 10, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Michael John Mananghaya apply tayo dto

  43. Hawira Cassino Waenga

    March 8, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    EARTH UNDER ATTACK ALREADY ITS JUST COVERT

  44. Matt Roel Matti Villeran

    March 13, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Requirements please hahaha

  45. Gilbert Sayas Francis

    March 13, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    It’s so funny 😋😝

  46. Kimberly Jane Baruela

    March 10, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Baka bet nyo? Hahahaha Tonie Tarin Patricia Navarro

  47. Nino Lucas

    March 11, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    who will lead the team?? J or K? it should be Will Smith.. 🙂

  48. Chinthake Nuwan Karunarathne

    March 19, 2018 at 2:13 AM

    Who is the Alien 😁😁😂😂 ?

  49. Jerson Guasis

    March 19, 2018 at 2:13 AM

    Where do i sign up?

  50. Ray Arsenault

    March 14, 2018 at 1:47 AM

    I could do it!

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