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NASA Is Hiring A 'Planetary Protection Officer' And The Whole World Is Applying

By Zachary Brenner

If you're anything like me, you've often wondered what you would do in the case of an alien invasion. If you think you have what it takes to stand up to the alien menace, then NASA has the job for you. 

NASA is looking to hire a "Planetary Protection Officer" which may the most badass title there is. The job involves studying planets and moons in our solar system and figuring out how to prevent them from destroying our way of life. While that may sound like studying alien weaknesses so we know how to defeat them, the job is much more scientific than that. 

It involves figuring out ways to prevent contamination when probes and spacecrafts return to Earth. For example, in the coming years, NASA will be sending a probe to Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. The probe will only fly around and take pictures but there is chance it could crash land on Europa before returning back to Earth. The Planetary Protection Officer works to make sure that nothing comes back to Earth that shouldn't. In other words, the officer works to prevent risks of contamination.