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NASA replies to 9-year-old 'Guardian of the Galaxy'

NASA replies to 9-year-old 'Guardian of the Galaxy'
Posted at 12:33 PM, Aug 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-05 17:07:21-04

(KGTV) - A nine-year-old "Guardian of the Galaxy" didn't go unnoticed applying for NASA's planetary protection officer position.

Jack Davis, a fourth-grade student from New Jersey, applied for the recently announced job opening at NASA, explaining his excitement and, of course, qualifications for the role.

Davis noted, "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..."

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Davis went on to explain he has seen "all the space and alien movies" he can see.

But perhaps his most valuable qualification, as he noted, is his age. He said since he's so young he, "can learn to think like an alien," before signing "Jack Davis, Guardian of the Galaxy."

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NASA seems on board, encouraging Davis to study hard and shoot for the stars.

"We are also looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school," James L. Green, director of NASA's planetary science division, wrote back.

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Green said in a separate release that any opportunity to connect with a young mind is a great opportunity for the space agency.

"At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers," Green said. "Think of it as a gravity assist -- a boost that may positively and forever change a person's course in life, and our footprint in the universe."

NASA's recently announced planetary protection officer position has generated a lot of buzz in the last week - as well as comparisons to many sci-fi movie heroes, according to NASA. The role sees successful candidates preventing microbial contamination of Earth and other planets.

The work is about "protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids, and Mars," the letter to Davis explained, as well as protecting other planets from "our germs as we responsibly explore the solar system."

Click here to view NASA's job description and to submit your own application.