NASA Announces hiring Planetary Protection Officer
Don’t believe in alien life? Well, don’t tell NASA that, as they have began their search for someone to help protect our planet from just that. And no, this job wasn’t posted on Craigslist (at least not the legit version). And yes, it would be a good idea to make sure you have your bug out bag essentials already ordered because if this post is any indication, we simply aren’t alone.
The right person to fill such a position for NASA will be someone who already has security clearance with a willingness to make sure that “organic-constituent and biological contamination” doesn’t make it’s way back to earth via a space ship.
As well, this person is “responsible for the leadership of NASA’s planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASAs space flight missions,” according to the job listing. I don’t think my prepper resume is going to cut it, exactly, but hey, why not try?
If you plan to apply, you need to have “advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection” as a credential.
The pay rate (because I am darn confident you were wondering what a guard of earth makes) is $125k to $187k. I guess it all really depends on how much experience you have thwarting other worldly enemies.
In 2010, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking predicted that we would someday be invaded by aliens living in “massive ships.” He claimed it was a ‘perfectly rational’ thing to think. While I’d agree, the dramatics of his statement seemed to be more for the premise of marketing fodder for his documentary series and less about actual reality.
‘We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.
‘I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet.
‘Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.’
‘If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.’
At least now it seems like maybe one of our very own will at least be guarding us.
Do you believe in alien life? Feel free to drop us a comment, we’d definitely love to hear all about your thoughts over the matter!
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.