If you’ve dreamed of becoming the character Buzz Lightyear from ‘Toy Story’, NASA is now offering you the chance to become the next “planetary protection officer,” (PPO). In this role you are in a position to defend mankind from terrestrial creatures and defend other planets.
According to the Washington Post article, you can expect an annual salary between $124,000 and $187,000. Once selected you can be in office for three to five years.
In an interview with Scientific American in 2014, NASA scientist and current PPO Catharine Conley says that the position falls under a 50-year-old international treaty that stipulates standards “for preventing biological contamination outside of Earth and safeguarding the planet's biosphere from any alien life,” said the Post.
According to the job description for PPO on Jobs USA: “The PPO is the Agency's focal point for interactions with external organizations on matters related to planetary protection.”
Some of the mentioned duties include planning and coordinating activities related to NASA’s planetary protection mission, and evaluating compliance by robotic and human spaceflight missions. The PPO will also recommend the preparation of new or revised NASA standards.
Meanwhile, President Trump has showcased his support for the space program by relaunching the National Space Council which has been on hold since the 1990’s. He also discussed prospects of sending people to Mars, the Post added.
Conley has been in the role for three years and has not revealed whether she will be reapplying for the position, said the Post.