'One of the reasons is my sister thinks I'm an alien. Also, I have seen almost all the space and alien movies I can see,' the boy wrote in his handwritten job application.
As children, we dream big because we don't think there is a limit to what we can achieve. With fantastical cartoons to consume it was only normal for us to think we could all be like the superheroes, we look up to. It is only as adults, we realize that it's not easy to become a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and it takes years of hard work to get anywhere close. But children should be allowed to dream without limits and pursue their dream of becoming real-life guardians of the galaxy. Who knows, NASA could actually take notice and reach out to them.
When nine-year-old Jack Davis heard that NASA was accepting job applications for the post of "Planetary Protection Officer," he knew it in his bones that he was the man for the job. The enthusiastic boy decided to send a handwritten résumé to the space agency. After a quick introduction, and expressing his wish to become a planetary protection officer, he wrote, "I may be nine but I think I would be a fit for the job. "One of the reasons is my sister thinks I'm an alien. Also, I have seen almost all the space and alien movies I can see." He also added that he had watched the TV show Marvel Agents of Shield and hoped to be soon able to watch the alien flick Men in Black in preparation for the job.
Adding to his list of expertise he stated, "I’m great at video games. I am young, so I can learn to think like an Alien.” The fourth-grader even signed off as Guardian of The Galaxy. His letter was uploaded on Reddit and soon went viral. A unique application with skills that are unbeatable had to elicit a response from NASA. Planetary Science Director James L. Green sent a letter to the aspiring young boy, letting him know that they were glad he was interested in working with them. Davis even got a phone call from Planetary Research Director Jonathan Rall who congratulated him on his interest in the position.
In a statement released by NASA, Green said, "At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers. Think of it as a gravity assist -- a boost that may positively and forever change a person's course in life, and our footprint in the universe." The same reflected in his letter, in which he wrote that a planetary protection officer's job was very "cool and important." He explained, "It's about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids, and Mars. It's also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System."
He went on to say, "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." Davis, in an interview with ABC News, stated, "I feel like I am the only one who really wants a job at NASA this young." His father Bryan Davis shared that his son was confident he would get the job. "I’m trying to manage expectations with the hope he might receive a response letter in the mail," he wrote in an email to NASA.