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.
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).
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.
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!
Tsunami Over 300 Feet High Hit Greenland
The 328 feet high “mega tsunami” that swallowed 11 homes of Karrat Fjord, Greenland, and killing 84 residents, was triggered by a landslide, scientist revealed.
The 328 feet high "mega tsunami" that swallowed 11 homes of Karrat Fjord, Greenland, and killing 84 residents, was triggered by a landslide, scientist revealed.
In a report, Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology have found out that the 200-meter-high wave that hit Greenland last month, was strangely caused by massive landslide, stressing that the incident was a sign of a "new climate change threat."
A strangely massive landslide that caused the 300-feet tsunami, with no any signs of tectonic activity at the same time, even earthquake.
Slug Slime Inspires New Super Glue That Could Seal Wounds, Treat Internal Bleeding
Inspired by the slug’s ability to stick to wet surfaces, a team of scientists created a super bio-glue to seal off wounds and stop internal bleeding.
Slug mucus could pave the way for a new glue to seal wounds and stop internal bleeding, a new study found.
A new class of tissue glue, created by scientists at the Harvard University, could help close up wounds, particularly in hard-to-reach parts of the body. Dubbed as Tough Adhesives, this man-made bio-glue have been tested on a pig's heart. Soon, this super glue could eventually be a staple in the operating theater.
Tough Adhesives can seal off wounds even on vital organs, such as the heart.
Suffering From REALLY Bad Breath? You May Have Tonsil Stones!
Removing them is such a relief!
Most of us have our bad breath days that can be easily remedied by brushing teeth or gargling with mouthwash. But some have developed stinking breath that seems chronic and we feel for these people – there’s nothing like foul breath to make one avoid talking to people and cowering in embarrassment. If you happen to suffer from repeated bouts of tonsillitis and you have breath so foul that no amount of brushing, washing, or dietary changes have worked, have your doctor check you for tonsil stones.
More common among people who often suffer from tonsillitis, these stones (also called tonsillolith) are wedged in holes that developed in the tonsils. These tonsil crypts can accumulate food, dead cells, and bacteria that can solidify with the help of extra calcium deposits.
These stones will stick in tonsils and can stay there without you knowing.
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