NASA announced last month that it was looking for a new Planetary Protection Office, the person whose job it will be to ensure that future missions to other planets don’t contaminate them with microbes that have come along for the ride, and that return missions don’t bring extra-terrestrial microbes back to Earth.
Despite its “defender against aliens” nicknames and initial look, the position is quite a serious one.
The PPO will be making sure that Earth is not contaminated by any alien substances brought from the outer space by extra-terrestrial missions. At the same time, it will also be making sure that astronauts, spacecraft, or any other machinery from Earth won’t contaminate other space environments either.
The lucky one to actually be employed in this position will be making around $124,406 to $187,000 each year, and the initial contract is for three years. However, it can then be extended for another two years.
More information can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474414000