9-Year-Old Applies To Be A NASA Planetary Protection Officer With An Adorable Letter

And NASA responds.

Some people wait until high school or college to start thinking about their career paths, but 9-year-old Jack Davis knows it's never too early to pursue a dream job. 



The little boy is setting his sights on becoming a Planetary Protection Officer at NASA.

According to the posting for the role, NASA is looking for a candidate with a degree in engineering, mathematics, or physical science. The candidate must also possess "broad engineering expertise, at least one year of which is in positions at, or comparable to, the GS-15 level," and have experience planning, executing, or overseeing elements of space programs.

The fourth-grader might not have all the required skills yet, but he certainly has the passion. He wrote a handwritten letter for his application, and it was shared on Reddit by user millamber, a friend of the family.


"Dear NASA, My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the Planetary Protection Officer job. I may be nine but I think I would be a fit for the job. One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien also I have seen almost all of the space and alien movies I can see. I have also seen the show 'Marvel Agents of Shield' and I hope to see the movie 'Men in Black.' I am great at video games. I am young, so I can learn to think like an Alien [sic]. Sincerely, Jack Davis, Guardian of the Galaxy, Fourth Grade" 

Since the adorable letter was posted on August 3, it has had a great response with many people saying that Jack might just be the kind of person NASA needs for the job.

One Redditor wrote, "It's clear, concise, and makes a strong argument for the applicant. I say we bring him in for an interview."

Another commenter said, "Well, he IS young. Therefore, he would be better at learning alien language(s) than most adults. He sounds like a strong candidate to me."

NASA took notice of Jack's letter and responded online on August 4.

Dr. James L. Green, NASA's director of the planetary science division, responded saying, "We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!"

UPDATE: This article has been updated to include NASA's response to Jack's letter. 

(H/T: HuffPost)

Cover image via Shutterstock I Igor Zh

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