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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 g***.

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!

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Ancient 99-Million-Year-Old Frogs Look Just Like Modern-Day Toads

Frogs will always be frogs, whether they were born today or in the Cretaceous Period.

The world is filled with exciting new discoveries from ancient times. Scientists have just uncovered evidence that frogs roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous Period about 100 million years ago. Interestingly, these ancient toads seem to look just like their modern-day descendants.

A new report confirms that scientists have found four frog fossils in northern Myanmar. The tiny bodies were encased in amber and offer a clear glimpse at what tropical rainforests looked like in the Cretaceous Period. In any case, the discovery is groundbreaking since frogs rarely become fossils.

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Elon Musk’s Flamethrowers Get Misused On Social Media Despite Strict Terms & Conditions

What better way to start a particularly hot summer?

There is little doubt that Elon Musk's flamethrowers are the hottest new commodity right now. After all, the fiery device produced by The Boring Company have just been sold out. However, it looks like consumers have already started misusing the dangerous product despite its lengthy terms and conditions.

The Boring Company finally rolled out Not A Flamethrower at a celebrated pick up event held at the company's headquarters. People who had pre-ordered the gadgets were given a chance to sample the power of the flamethrower on unfortunate marshmallows. Although safety was reinforced during the event, things took a dangerous turn once everyone got home.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Organics On Mars, Possible Life On Planet In The Past

The new discovery might confirm life thrived on the Red Planet billions of years ago.

Curiosity has made an exciting discovery on the surface of Mars. The rover has just found possible evidence of life on the planet billions of years ago. NASA might not quite ready to confirm that creatures once roamed the Red Planet. Nevertheless, the agency believes that the findings could mean positive things for future missions.

The NASA rover has found organic molecules in sedimentary rocks near the planet's surface. These molecules may contain hydroxen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen and are usually associated with life. However, their presence in the billion-year-old rocks does not confirm life on Mars just yet.

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