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NASA Is Looking for a 'Planetary Protection Officer'

The Planetary Protection Officer will prevent "organic-constituent and biological contamination" during space missions

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    NASA Is Looking for a 'Planetary Protection Officer'
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    The NASA Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, Florida.

    Do you have what it takes to protect the planet from extraterrestrial invaders?

    If so, NASA is looking for you.

    The space agency is hiring a Planetary Protection Officer who will be tasked with ensuring the safety of space missions that may carry Earth organisms to other planets or solar system bodies, and vice versa – missions that may return to Earth "with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration."

    According to the job posting, the Planetary Protection Officer will prevent "organic-constituent and biological contamination" during space missions.

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    The role includes planning and coordinating of activities related to NASA mission planetary protection needs.

    The job has a six-figure starting salary at $124,406 to $187,000, according to the posting. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals, and the security clearance is listed as "secret."

    If you’ve got what it takes to protect the planet, click here to apply. The application period is open through Aug. 14.