NASA needs someone to protect the planet from extraterrestrials

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Atlanta broke the Internet the other day with its job posting seeking someone to shoot wildlife at the airport, but now here comes NASA, in search of someone to keep the planet safe from extraterrestrials.

The qualified applicant for the post in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection is tasked with protecting Mother Earth when space exploration missions go into the final frontier.

“NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies, and any mission employing spacecraft, which are intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration,” the job post reads.

It pays up to $187,000. Here’s the job listing.

Incidentally the Atlanta job listing expires on Aug. 15, and it’s no joke.

“During the past century, wildlife-aircraft strikes have resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives worldwide, as well as billions of dollars in aircraft damage,” the Federal Aviation Administration’s site says. “The FAA maintains a comprehensive program to address wildlife hazards.”

For more info on that gig see click here.