P. Claire Dodson
August 05, 2017 7:58 am
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A New Jersey fourth grader is bringing new meaning to the term “overachiever.” For one, 9-year-old Jack Davis is already applying to jobs. For another, the first thing he applied for is a seriously cool Guardians of the Galaxy-style job over at NASA.

Earlier this week, NASA posted a job titled “Planetary Protection Officer.” And Davis wants in.

The Internet (especially media outlets) immediately had a field day. Twitter made endless jokes about how the job consists of protecting Earth from aliens. Of course, that’s only one part of the job description. The other part is protecting us from, as the job description says, “organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.” (Okay, it’s basically just aliens.)

In conclusion, it’s a very cool and high stakes job that will need a very committed, passionate person to fill it. Young Davis feels that he is that person.

He wrote a letter to NASA to throw his name in the ring.

Here’s what he wrote:

There’s a lot to unpack here. First, props to that very sassy sister. Second, Davis shows pretty good reasoning skills for a nine-year-old. And the best part of all this is his signature: “Jack Davis, Guardian of the Galaxy, fourth grade.”

NASA responded with some encouraging words for the student. Their planetary research director, Dr. James L. Green, even gave him a personal phone call.

What a great way to encourage kids to get interested in science. Jack, we’re sure there will be a job waiting for you when you graduate!

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